Government and Politics in the Lone Star State

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-18
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Updated in a new 7th edition, this book is written to be both engaging and accessible while offering both a journalist's and a political scientist's perspective on politics in Texas. Covering topics in Texas politics such as economic, demographic, political, and social change this book uses theory, scholarly research, first-hand observations, and anecdotes to examine the nuances of change in political behavior and the decisions of political actors at the state and local levels

Author Biography

L. TUCKER GIBSON, JR., is professor of political science at Trinity University, where he teaches introductory courses in American national and state governments as well as courses on U.S. legislatures, political parties, and interest groups.  He has served on the Civil Service Commission of the city of San Antonio, assisted local governments across central and couth Texas in redistricting their governmental bodies, and conducted public opinion research for political candidates, businesses, and corporations.  Gibson is the coauthor of Politics in America: Texas Edition.


CLAY ROBISON covered state government and politics in Texas for almost 40 years as a journalist, first for the San Antonio Light, and then for the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.  He covered many of the personalities and events that significantly impacted Texas government.  Robison is the coauthor of Politics in America: Texas Edition.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics 


CHAPTER 2: The Texas Constitution 


CHAPTER 3: Intergovernmental Relationships


CHAPTER 4: Interest Groups and Political Power in Texas 


CHAPTER 5: The Mass Media in Texas Politics


CHAPTER 6: The Party System in Texas


CHAPTER 7: Elections, Campaigns, and Political Behavior 


CHAPTER 8: The Texas Legislature


CHAPTER 9: The Texas Executive


CHAPTER 10: The Bureaucracy and Policy Implementation


CHAPTER 11: The Judicial System in Texas


CHAPTER 12: Local Government in Texas: Cities, Towns, Counties, and Special Districts


CHAPTER 13:  Contemporary Public Policy Issues in Texas

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