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Lone Star Politics
Tradition and Transformation in Texas

Seventh Edition
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January 2021 | 592 pages | CQ Press
In Texas, myth often clashes with the reality of everyday government. Explore the state's rich political tradition with Lone Star Politics as this author team explains who gets what and how. 

Utilizing the comparative method, the authors set Texas in context with other states' constitutions, policymaking, electoral practices, and institutions as they delve into the evolution of its politics. Critical thinking questions and unvarnished "Winners and Losers" discussions guide students toward understanding Texas government and assessing the state's political landscape. The Seventh Edition is highly revised with coverage of the state's response to the COVID pandemic, brand new chapter-level learning objectives, new Texas Legends boxes on suffragists, updated demographic and immigration statistics, and new Discussion Starter questions to help in-class discussion on critical policy debates. 

 
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
 
CHAPTER 2 TEXAS CONSTITUTIONS
 
CHAPTER 3 TEXAS LEGISLATURE
 
CHAPTER 4 TEXAS GOVERNORS
 
CHAPTER 5 THE PLURAL EXECUTIVE AND BUREAUCRACY IN TEXAS
 
CHAPTER 6 TEXAS JUDICIAL SYSTEM
 
CHAPTER 7 TEXAS-SIZED JUSTICE
 
CHAPTER 8 CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS, TEXAS STYLE
 
CHAPTER 9 POLITICAL PARTIES
 
CHAPTER 10 ORGANIZED INTERESTS
 
CHAPTER 11 LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN TEXAS
 
CHAPTER 12 FISCAL POLICY
 
CHAPTER 13 ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORTATION, AND TRADE POLICIES: TRANSFORMING TEXAS
 
CHAPTER 14 SOCIAL POLICY: EDUCATION, HEALTH, AND IMMIGRATION

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  • A streamlined the discussion of Texas legislature, combining two chapters into a single “Texas Legislature” chapter, enables professors to focus on the essential elements of the legislative process.
  • Increased alignment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) curriculum standards makes the instructor’s assessment tasks as simple as possible by providing a clear connection between the textbook and the THECB standards. 
    • Questions on critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, personal responsibility and social responsibility are added throughout each chapter
    • End-of-chapter Active Learning assignments address communication and teamwork 
    • End-of-chapter multiple-choice review questions allow students to check understanding of key concepts
  • New discussion of Texas’ trade policy focus on key trade partners such as Mexico and China, giving students a broader understanding of Texas’ economic impact at home and across the world.
  • An in-depth discussion of the impact of Hurricane Harvey focuses on how the lessons learned (or that should have been learned) from the storm continue to present challenges to Texas government. 
  • New and updated “How Texas Government Works” infographics include: 
    • Comparison of Texas’ imports, exports, and foreign direct investment into the state
    • Where immigrants in Texas come from internationally
    • Diversity in the Texas judiciary
  • Increased discussion on federalism engage students in important topics, such as disagreements between the state and local governments on voter I.D. laws, sanctuary cities, and fracking.


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  • “Texas vs. ______” boxes are an extension of the book’s comparative method, incorporating a data literacy approach that encourages students to think about how Texas differs compared to other states.
  • "Texas Legends" boxes showcase figures and events that have shaped—and continue to influence—Texas politics.  Examples include Sam Houston, Barbara C. Jordan, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and Texas Supreme Court justice Raul Gonzalez.
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