Practicing Texas Politics

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Political Science - 536 pages
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A market-leading text, Brown et al. has thoroughly updated its survey of Texas government with new coverage of public policy, giving special attention to political developments since 2008. Discussion of the oil spill disaster off the Gulf Coast and extensive coverage of the 2010 general election, and its results, provides students with the most up-to-date information available. New Selected Readings and chapter-opening cartoons have been included, encouraging further discussion of timely topics, in addition to conflicts, within the state of Texas. Features, such as the completely new Students in Action, are included within each chapter, to provide students with a wide range of views on current issues and relevant topics, as well as to present suggestions as to how they can play an active role in Lone Star State politics.
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Lyle C. Brown, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, is Professor Emeritus at Baylor University. Other academic experience includes teaching at Mexico City College (now University of the Americas), Texas College of Arts & Industries (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville), and Wayland Baptist College (now Wayland Baptist University). Lyle served as president of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies. He is co-editor of RELIGION IN LATIN AMERICAN LIFE AND LITERATURE and author or co-author of articles in professional journals, anthologies, and textbooks. His involvement in Texas politics includes participation in precinct, county, and state conventions.

Joyce Langenegger teaches government at Blinn College-Bryan and is the Director of Professional Development. She received her M.A. and J.D. from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University. She was named the Blinn College-Bryan Academic Faculty Member of the Year for 2014. She has been named to WHO'S WHO AMONG AMERICA'S TEACHERS three times and received a NISOD Award for Teaching Excellence and a "Most Valuable Player" award from San Jacinto College for her work there as a professor and an administrator. Joyce is a frequent workshop presenter on innovative teaching strategies. She practiced law for a number of years and has been involved with politics at the local and state level.

Sonia Garcia is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997.

Ted Lewis was born in Manchester, England in 1940. Lewis attended Hull Art School for four years. He worked as an animation specialist in television and films (among them the Beatles' Yellow Submarine). Lewis' first novel, All the Way Home and All the Night Through was published in 1965, followed by Jack's Return Home, subsequently retitled Get Carter after the success of the film of the same name starring Michael Caine, which created the noir school of British crime writing and pushed Lewis into the best-seller list. Lewis' novel GBH is available in reprint from Soho Press (April 2015). Ted Lewis died in 1982 having published seven more novels and written several episodes for the television series Z-Cars.

Robert E. Biles, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, is Professor and former Chair of Political Science at Sam Houston State University. He has published several books and numerous scholarly articles. Bob has served as a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a member of the local school board, county political party chair, county election supervisor, state board member of a citizen's lobbying group, a member of advisory committees to the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, and secretary and president of the Women's Caucus of the Southwestern Social Science Association. He has received four Fulbright grants to teach and do research in Latin America. He received his university's top award for research, his college's award for teaching, and the first university Faculty Senate award for administration.

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