Government and Politics in the Lone Star State (5th Edition)

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For courses in Texas Politics. Taking both a journalistic and political science approach, this text concentrates on the changes--demographic, political, economic, and social--that contribute to the configuration of contemporary politics of Texas. Through theory, the research of other scholars, observation, anecdotes, and humor, the authors address the nuances of change on mass political behavior and decisions of political actors at the state and local level.

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“Tucker Gibson and Clay Robison’s Government and Politics in the Lone Star State is an extremely comprehensive approach to Texas government and politics.  I recommend it because of its comprehensive approach and the historical and cultural framing that it gives to the problems of politics in Texas.” - Jeffrey C. Herndon, Texas A&M University - Commerce

 

 

Written to be readable and accessible, Politics and Government in the Lone Star State takes both a journalistic and political science approach to its coverage of the economic, demographic, political, and social changes contributing to contemporary Texas politics. Using theory, scholarly research, first-hand observations, anecdotes, and humor, the authors examine the nuances of change in mass political behavior and decisions of political actors at the state and local levels.

 

New to the Seventh Edition

·        New Feature “Questions to Guide Your Reading” appear at the beginning of every chapter to highlight and reinforce concepts that will be developed in the chapter

·        New Analysis takes a look at recent economic developments and compares the circumstances of the economic downturn in Texas with other states across the country.

·        New Material expands and updates the state’s policies on welfare, education, and global warming.

·        New Coverage analyzes the impact of the George W. Bush presidency and early initiatives of the Obama administration on state-federal relationships.

·        Expanded Discussion of immigration — both legal and illegal — looks at changes in Texas laws providing public services to new immigrants, and the impact of immigration on the state’s public education system.

·        New Projections of future population increases in the Texas Urban Triangle have been developed using updated information on the urbanization of Texas.

About the Author:

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.

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