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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $83.00
  • Forthcoming: January 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-68011-9
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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      1.     The Political Culture, People, and Economy of Texas

      2.     The Texas Constitution

      3.     Texas in the Federal System

      4.     Political Parties

      5.     Elections

      6.     Interest Groups and Lobbying

      7.     The Legislature

      8.     The Executive Branch

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      10.  Local Government

      11.  Public Finance

      12.  Public Policy

      13.  Crime, Corrections, and Public Safety

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