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Practicing Texas Politics, 2017-2018 Edition 17th Edition

Lyle C. Brown | Joyce A. Langenegger | Sonia García | Robert E. Biles | Ryan Rynbrandt | Veronica Vega Reyna

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PRACTICING TEXAS POLITICS, 2017-2018 Edition, analyzes the practices and policies of the Lone Star State and gives students a realistic introduction to how public-policy making is conducted there. This edition includes a special focus on the role of a growing Latino population in all aspects of Texas government, the impact of the 2016 elections on the state, and the effect of a floundering oil and gas industry on state finances. MindTap® Political Science -- Cengage's fully online learning solution -- is an available option.

Lyle C. Brown, Emeritus, Baylor University

Lyle C. Brown is professor emeritus of political science at Baylor University, where he served as departmental director of graduate studies and director of Baylor's Foreign Service Program. His international academic experience includes teaching at Mexico City College (now University of the Americas) and postgraduate study at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. He received his M.A. from the University of Oklahoma and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Brown served as president of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies. His writing experience includes coediting Religion in Latin American Life and Literature and authoring numerous articles.

Joyce A. Langenegger, Blinn College, Bryan Campus

Joyce Langenegger teaches government at Blinn College and is the college's director of professional development. She received M.A. and J.D. degrees from Baylor University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Langenegger has been named to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and received a NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence, Teacher of the Year for Blinn College-Bryan, and "Most Valuable Player" award from San Jacinto College for her work as a professor and administrator at that institution. She is a frequent workshop presenter on innovative teaching strategies. Before beginning her teaching career, she practiced law in Houston.

Sonia García, St. Mary's University

Sonia García is a professor of political science, coordinator of the women's studies program and a pre-law advisor at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. She has also served as chair and graduate director of the political science department. Dr. García received her master's degree from the University of Arizona and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has published articles on Latina politics and is a co-author of Mexican Americans and the Law: El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido and lead author of Políticas: Latina Public Officials in Texas.

Robert E. Biles, Sam Houston State University

Robert E. Biles, professor emeritus and former chair of political science at Sam Houston State University, has taught college students about Texas politics in Texas, Colombia, and Ecuador. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University-School of Advanced International Studies. Dr. Biles is the author of numerous books and articles. His involvement in politics includes serving as a school board member, county party chair, county election supervisor, and staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has advised state agencies and held leadership positions in statewide lobbying groups and professional organizations. Dr. Biles has received four Fulbright grants, as well as awards for his research, teaching, and administrative service.

Ryan Rynbrandt, Collin County Community College

Ryan Rynbrandt is a professor of political science and former director of the Honors Institute at Collin College in Plano, Texas, where he teaches courses in American and Texas Government. Professor Rynbrandt works to increase student civic engagement. He is especially committed to initiatives that bring the resources of higher education to bear in addressing problems in the broader community. He earned his master's degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he received multiple teaching awards and served as president of the Graduate Association of Political Scientists. He has been active in politics at the local, state, and national levels.

Veronica Vega Reyna, Austin Community College

Veronica Vega Reyna is associate professor of government and assistant dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Austin Community College. She has been faculty advisor to a civil rights organization at ACC. Professor Reyna earned her M.A. in Political Science from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where she taught as adjunct faculty. Her political involvement has included interning for Congressman Ciro Rodriguez, working as a union organizer, and volunteering in various Texas campaigns. She has also taught Texas politics at colleges and universities in San Antonio.

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  • "Learning Checks" provide a few factual questions at the end of major sections for students to use in checking their knowledge and reviewing for tests.
  • Critical-thinking questions are presented with nearly every photo, figure, and feature box to offer many opportunities for instructors and students to meet this important Texas GOVT 2306 core objective.
  • The "Point/Counterpoint" feature examines a key controversial issue in Texas politics from two sides, promoting development of students' analytical thinking skills and demonstrating that there is rarely a single "right" answer to an issue.
  • "How Do We Compare?" boxes compare Texas with other states.
  • The "Students in Action" feature provides stories of real students who have made a meaningful difference in their colleges, communities, or the state, as well as information about internship opportunities. This feature connects what students learn in the
  • "Election 2016: The Impact on Texas" boxes provide insight into what the state and national elections mean for the Lone Star State.

Practicing Texas Politics, 2017-2018 Edition


1. The Environment of Texas Politics.
2. Federalism and the Texas Constitution.
3. Local Governments.
4. Political Parties.
5. Campaigns and Elections.
6. The Media and Politics.
7. The Politics of Interest Groups.
8. The Legislative Branch.
9. The Executive Branch.
10. The Judicial Branch
11. Finance and Fiscal Policy.
12. Public Policy and Administration.
13. The Criminal Justice System.

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