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Lone Star Politics

Lone Star Politics
Tradition and Transformation in Texas

Eighth Edition

February 2023 | 568 pages | CQ Press
In Texas, myth often clashes with the reality of everyday government. Explore the state’s rich political tradition with the Eighth Edition of Lone Star Politics.

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 Eighth Edition includes a brand-new chapter on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, along with the "tried and true" updates in every chapter that highlight the push-pull relationship between the state, federal, and local governments.

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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. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Texas
CHAPTER 8. Campaigns and Elections, Texas Style
Matthew Newton
CHAPTER 9: Political Parties
Matthew Newton
CHAPTER 10: Organized Interests
CHAPTER 11. Local Government in Texas
CHAPTER 12. Fiscal Policy
Matthew Newton
CHAPTER 13: Energy, Environment, Transportation, and Trade Policies: Transforming Texas
Matthew Newton
CHAPTER 14: Social Policy: Education, Health, and Immigration


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"I have used many Texas Government textbooks over the years, but Lone Star Politics is my favorite. It gives students the important facts of how Texas institutions work but still keeps them engaged. The fun and fascinating Texas characters one encounters in the 'Texas Legends' boxes are worth the price of admission; they encourage my students as they research and write about Texas Legends themselves.”

Christopher J. Wolfe
University of St. Thomas

“I have used Lone Star Politics in my Texas state and local government classes for the last two years. The authors continue to provide a concise and trenchant overview of Texas politics and institutions. Additionally, the inclusion of imbedded quizzes in Vantage helps students to immediately test their comprehension of the text.”

James M. Gaddy
Galveston College