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Lone Star Politics pays homage to the state's legendary political history, yet explores how myth clashes with the glaring reality of a state's day-to-day governance. How has Texas developed and flourished over the years, but failed to fully respond to new challenges? Explaining who gets what resources and how they're distributed, the Nogadoches author team provides an engaging narrative on the evolution of Texas politics, setting it in context with other states on important matters such as constitutions and policy making, electoral practices, and school systems.Updated to cover recent events, students will find new discussion on the impact of the Great Recession on the state, as well as the controversial reauthorization of the Texas Department of Transportation, and an examination of the impact of recent court cases.