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Lone Star Politics
Tradition and Transformation in Texas

Seventh Edition
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January 2021 | 576 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 the author team explains who gets what and how.

Utilizing a comparative approach, 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 highly anticipated Seventh Edition includes coverage of the state's response to the COVID pandemic, brand new chapter-level learning objectives, updated demographic and immigration statistics, and new Discussion Starter questions to help in-class discussion on critical policy debates.

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Preface
 
About the Authors
 
CHAPTER 1. Introduction
Texas Geography

 
History: The Birth of Texas Traditions

 
Texas Statehood

 
Transitions to the Twenty-First Century

 
A Tradition of Change

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Texas Constitutions
Constitutional Government

 
The Federal System of the United States

 
Texas Constitutions

 
The Current System: The Constitution of 1876

 
Criticisms of the Texas Constitution

 
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties under the Texas Constitution

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 3. Texas Legislature
The Texas Legislature in Context

 
Typologies of State Legislatures: Full-Time and Part-Time

 
Qualifications for Office and Length of Terms

 
Representation: Theories and Demographics

 
Electing the State Legislature

 
Legislative Organization

 
Legislative Process

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 4. Texas Governors
The Office of the Governor

 
Powers of the Governor

 
Informal Powers

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 5. The Plural Executive and Bureaucracy in Texas
The Plural Executive

 
Boards and Commissions

 
Bureaucratic Accountability

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Texas Judicial System
Judicial Federalism and Texas Courts

 
Local Trial Courts

 
State-Level Courts: District and Appellate Courts

 
Judicial Selection

 
Problems with the Texas Judiciary

 
Criminal Justice in Texas

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 7. Texas-Sized Justice
Justice in Texas

 
Incarceration in Texas

 
Civil Liberties: Rights of the Accused

 
Law and Punishment

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 8. Campaigns and Elections, Texas Style
Democracy, Representation, and Elections in Texas

 
Types of Elections in Texas

 
Voting, Voter Registration, and Turnout

 
Getting on the Ballot in Texas Elections

 
Campaigns in Texas

 
Campaign Finance in Texas

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 9. Political Parties
The Development of Political Parties in Texas

 
Political Parties in Texas

 
Party Organizations

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 10. Organized Interests
Organized Interests in Texas Politics

 
Influencing Policy in Texas through Organized Interests

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 11. Local Government in Texas
Local Government: The Basics

 
County Government in Texas

 
Cities

 
Other Forms of Local Government

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 12. Fiscal Policy
Winners and Losers

 
Sources of State Revenue: Other Resources

 
Spending and Budgeting

 
Fiscal Policy Tools

 
Winners and Losers

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 13. Energy, Environment, Transportation, and Trade Policies: Transforming Texas
Oil and Gas in Texas

 
Texas Energy

 
Environmental Policy

 
Winners and Losers

 
Transportation Policy

 
Winners and Losers

 
Texas Trade

 
Conclusion

 
 
CHAPTER 14. Social Policy: Education, Health, and Immigration
Public Education Policy

 
Higher Education

 
Health and Human Services

 
Immigration Policy

 
Conclusion

 
 
Appendix: Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Texas
 
Glossary
 
Notes
 
Index

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Best text for Texas politics.

Rebecca McElyea
Government, Stephen F Austin State University
April 18, 2021
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • Increased alignment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) curriculum standards makes the structure of the book and instructor’s assessments simple by providing a clear connection between the textbook’s objectives and the THECB standards.  
  • New feature boxes cover the history of suffragists in Texas and a comparison of Texas and New Mexico.
  • New data added on the expenditures of the top 10 Texas PACs, healthcare spending, higher education funding, and the economic impact of COVID-19 on Texas.
  • New opening vignettes on the controversy with Speaker Bonnen, voting in the age of COVID-19, the legalization of hemp and hemp-derived products, and the border wall.
  • Expanded discussion of:
    • immigration and demographics coverage;
    • federalism and the tension between state and local power;
    • Dan Patrick’s conservative policies and Ken Paxton’s legal troubles;
    • coverage of the poor conditions of prison facilities;
    • Amber Guygar’s killing of Botham Jean;
    • issues of age and mental capacity vis-à-vis capital punishment in Texas;
    • and coverage of public campaign financing and the role of money in judicial elections
KEY FEATURES:
  • Chapter objectives and Core Assessment questions align with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM), reinforcing chapter content and ensuring that learning outcomes are achieved.
  • “Federalism in Action” boxes appear in nearly every chapter and highlight city and state issues, such as Texas’s confusing response to COVID-19, campus carry, voter I.D. laws, and transgender bathrooms.
  • “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.
  • Discussion Starters and Active Learning assignments appear at the end of each chapter to help spark conversation in the classroom and promote communication and teamwork.
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