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Chapter 4: Political Parties in Texas (pdf)

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Chapter 9: The Texas Judiciary (pdf)

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $78
  • February 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92035-2
  • 8 × 10 in / 446 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Governing Texas


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Anthony Champagne (Author, University of Texas at Dallas), Edward J. Harpham (Author, University of Texas at Dallas)


A new Texas politics book with a proven approach.

This new text, based on the market-leading U.S.-Texas politics book, encourages students to think critically about the relevance of Texas government to their everyday lives. Organized around Chapter Goals, Governing Texas helps focus students on key learning outlines while an extensive support package includes tools to assess Student Learning Outcomes.


Emphasizes relevance

Governing Texas shows students how their state’s government affects them and encourages critical thinking about how institutions, politics, and policies in Texas matter. What Government Does and Why It Matters chapter introductions on topics such as the Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act and recent amendments to the Texas Constitution draw students into the chapter by showing them why they should care about the topic. You Decide boxes address controversial issues in Texas politics, including the 2011 Texas Sonogram Law and voter ID laws, and encourage students to consider all sides of the debate. 

Tools for today’s students’ learning styles

The text’s approach was shaped by extensive feedback from Texas instructors and students, and the result is an emphasis on active reading and visual learning. Who Are Texans? infographics engage visually oriented students with a “statistical snapshot” of the state and help them grasp the implications of demographic, political, economic, and regional diversity in Texas. Accompanying critical-thinking questions, related exercises on the StudySpace website, and instructor PowerPoint slides give students a chance to compare their own views and experiences. 

Promotes student learning outcomes

Chapter Goals identify important learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter and then recur at the start of the relevant sections throughout the chapter to create a more active reading experience. Extensive end-of-chapter review sections, organized around the Chapter Goals ensure students have everything they need to master the material. The Texas SLO Test Bank offers a set of class-tested, statistically validated questions for assessment of state-mandated learning outcomes. 

Download Contents (pdf)

    Chapter 1: The Political Culture, People, and Economy of Texas

    Chapter 2: Texas and the Nation

    Chapter 3: The Texas Constitution

    Chapter 4: Political Parties in Texas

    Chapter 5: Elections in Texas

    Chapter 6: Interest Groups and Lobbying

    Chapter 7: The Texas Legislature

    Chapter 8: The Texas Executive Branch

    Chapter 9: The Texas Judiciary

    Chapter 10: Crime and Corrections Policy

    Chapter 11: Public Finance in Texas

    Chapter 12: Public Policy in Texas

    Chapter 13: Local Government in Texas