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Lone Star Politics
Tradition and Transformation in Texas

Seventh Edition


December 2020 | 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

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