Lone Star Politics offers a concise, balanced, and pragmatic view of Texas government that students will find accessible, informative, and even entertaining. By demonstrating how government officials use their powers to achieve their goals, the authors show the realistic, sometimes even humorous way Texas Politics affects real-life Texans. In addition, students are encouraged to actively participate in the systems of Texas Politics and Government. Innovative pedagogical features reinforce the importance of diversity in Texas politics and show how the state's unique history has shaped its modern-day institutions.
Paul Benson is chair of the government department at Tarrant County College - NW, where he has taught for 25 years. He teaches Texas and US government, as well as an occasional US History course. He has taught online government courses for over a dozen years. He has delivered several professional development seminars on “Teaching Texas Government,” and speaks regularly to local civic and community groups. A former journalist and political consultant, he has an insider’s insight into the Texas political process.
Tony Giardino currently teaches Texas Government, American National Government, Public Administration and Policy and Judicial Process. A 30-year police veteran, he also works as a police administrator, specializing in policy development, personnel selection, and training. As Program Manager for the Texas Police Chief's Association Best Practices Recognition Program, he regularly teaches Criminal Procedure and Search and Seizure at area police academies. Tony's community activities include technical policy writing and speaking and consulting for various community, civic, and non-profit organizations.
David Clinkscale is a fifth generation Texan who has taught at Tarrant County College for thirty-six years, serving as a department coordinator and department chair. He attended (then) Tarrant County Junior College and Southwest Texas State University, from which he graduated with a double major in government and history. He completed his graduated work in political science and history at the University of Missouri. Active in the Texas Community College Teachers Association, including a term as president, he has been involved in many aspects of college governance at TCC.
1. Texas Society and Political Culture. 2. Federalism and the Texas Constitution. 3. Political Participation: Voting and Elections. 4. Political Parties. 5. Interest Groups in Texas Politics. 6. The Legislative Process in Texas Politics. 7. The Governor. 8. The Plural Executive and The Bureaucracy. 9. The Texas Court System. 10. The Judicial System and Due Process. 11. Local and County Governments and Special Districts. 12. Finance and Budgeting.