Higher Education

Essentials of Texas Politics, 10th Edition

  • Richard H. Kraemer Prof. Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Charldean Newell Regents Prof. Emerita, University of North Texas
  • David F. Prindle University of Texas at Austin
  • ISBN-10: 0495006793  |  ISBN-13: 9780495006794
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 2001, 1995
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $123.00
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ESSENTIALS OF TEXAS POLITICS lives up to its name. This is not a brief version of a traditional text, but truly the essentials-the key concepts-that students of Texas politics need to understand. This concise yet comprehensive overview compares the reality of Texas to the democratic ideal through a thought-provoking reform orientation. ESSENTIALSOF TEXAS POLITICS engages students in thinking about controversial issues and encourages them to participate in class debate.

Features and Benefits

  • Comprehensive, contemporary coverage in a brief format gives students a thorough overview of Texas government and politics and stresses current issues and problems. Context and process material is grouped together, as is institutional and policy material, paralleling the course organization at many institutions.
  • Political cartoons stimulate engaging discussion, providing humorous visual illustrations of the concepts in the text.
  • End-of-chapter study questions and related Web links encourage class discussion and help students review and analyze chapter material.
  • An online research guide with substantive and procedural research tips provides both students and instructors with a handbook to conducting additional research on Texas politics.

Table of Contents

1. The Context of Texas Politics.
2. The Constitutional Setting.
3. Interest Groups.
4. Political Parties.
5. Voters, Campaigns, and Elections.
6. The Texas Legislature.
7. The Governor and State Administration.
8. The Judiciary and the System of Justice.
9. Local Government.
10. The State Economy and the Financing of State Government.
11. Issues in Public Policy.

What's New

  • The book provides in-depth coverage of recent legislative activity, including controversial special sessions on school finance and redistricting and the expansion of gubernatorial power.
  • To keep the book's coverage of Texas' political issues current, the authors discuss the impact of the 2002 and 2004 elections on trends in Texas Politics, and include results and analysis of the 2006 election.
  • The authors address the adjustments Texas has made in political institutions and practices as a result of the national war on terror.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"I especially like the three themes chosen by the authors of the text. They are timely and appropriate for the study of Texas government."

— Robert Glen Findley, Odessa College


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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495090980 | ISBN-13: 9780495090984)

Learning Objectives, Chapter Outlines, Activity Suggestions, and True/False, Multiple Choice, and Essay Exam Questions.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Richard H. Kraemer

Richard Kraemer served 21 years of active duty in the Air Force before starting his teaching career. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austin, in 1970 and has been a faculty member there since 1965. His field is American Government, specializing in Texas Politics and National Security Policy. He is the author and co-author of over a dozen books, mostly about Texas politics, as well as other publications. Dr. Kraemer is the recipient of two teaching awards, the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching and a national award from the Arnold Air Society.

Charldean Newell

Charldean Newell, a Fort Worth native (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin), is also the co-author of THE EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER (ICMA Press, 2004) and CITY EXECUTIVES (SUNY Press, 1989), and recently edited MANAGING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: CASES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVENESS (ICMA Press, 2009). She has received four national awards: honorary lifetime membership in the International City/County Management Association, the Staats Career Public Service Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the Donald C. Stone Award in intergovernmental relations from the American Society for Public Administration, and elective membership in the National Academy of Public Administration. Her 37 years at the University of North Texas included awards from students, colleagues, and alumni.

David F. Prindle

David Prindle (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has published research in the areas of voting and parties, energy policy, the presidency, and the politics of the entertainment media. His first book, PETROLEUM POLITICS AND THE TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION, won the V.O. Key, Jr. Award, given by the Southern Political Science Association to the best book on Southern politics. He also has written THE POLITICS OF GLAMOUR: IDEOLOGY AND DEMOCRACY IN THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD and RISKY BUSINESS: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HOLLYWOOD. Professor Prindle is a past recipient of both the Allen Shivers Award for the best teacher in the MIT Department of Government and the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, given to the best teacher in the MIT College of Liberal Arts.