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In Texas, myth often clashes with the reality of everyday governance. Explore the state’s rich political tradition with Lone Star Politics as this Nacogdoches author team explains who gets what, and how. Using the comparative method, the authors set Texas in context with other states’ constitutions, policymaking, electoral practices, and institutions as they delve into the evolution of Texas politics. Critical thinking questions and unvarnished “Winners and Losers” discussions guide students toward understanding Texas government and assessing the state’s political landscape.

This Fifth Edition expands its coverage of civil rights in the state, and includes the contemporary issues that highlight the push and pull between federal, state, and local governments.


We gratefully acknowledge Ken Collier, Steven Galatas and Julie Harrelson-Stephens for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Jennifer Clark, Patrick Moore, and Theresa Marchant-Shapiro for developing the ancillaries on this site.