Lone Star Politics
Tradition and Transformation in Texas
AUTHOR: Collier, Ken and Galatas, Steven
PUBLISHER: CQ Press
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Texas is in a bit of a dilemma--it is a rapidly growing state saddled with a constitution that was written by conservative farmers in 1876. Texas's government struggles to meet the needs of an increasingly diversified population and the challenges of an economy driven by large multi-national corporations, many on the cutting edge of the information age. How has Texas developed and flourished over the years, but failed to fully respond to these changes?
Lone Star Politics explicitly focuses on the disconnect between the outsized myth of Texas with its legendary political history and the reality of the state's day-to-day governance to help explain who gets what resources and how they are distributed. The engaging and accessible writing style makes this a book that students of all levels will actually want to read. And when they do, they'll get both description and analysis, a balance of institutions and behavior, as well as comparisons of Texas with other states.
"Texas vs. _______" feature boxes use narrative, tabular data, and critical thinking questions to show how Texas works differently from the rest of the country, while "Texas Legends" boxes show how certain celebrated figures and institutions influence Texans and their identity as well as shape Texas politics today.
The chapter structure fits perfectly with Barbour and Wright's American Government text, Keeping the Republic. Discounted packages and customized versions are available--please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
PUBLICATION DATE: 3/24/2008
CATEGORY: Political Science