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.
Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Meet the Author
Paul Benson received his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and has served as faculty association President and Senate Chair at Tarrant County Community College. Professor Benson has worked as a journalist covering municipal politics, has been a Texas state party delegate since 1984, and recently authored an article on teaching government over the Internet for a monograph published by ITC. In addition to teaching, he runs a political consulting and campaign business with his wife, Carolyn.
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.