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Texas at the crossroads : people, politics and policy /
edited by Anthony Champagne and Edward J. Harpham.
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College Station, TX : Texas A&M University Press, 1987.
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xii, 309 p. : ill.
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0890963177 (pbk.) :
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College Station, TX : Texas A&M University Press, 1987.
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0890963177 (pbk.) :
catalogue key
1736696
 
Includes bibliographies and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-07:
This book of readings on Texas politics comes at a most interesting time in that state's political history. Texas indeed seems to be, as the title suggests, at a crossroads. In many ways this is an excellent volume. It examines Texas as it is today and compares contemporary Texas with the Texas-the reality and myth-of the past. The readings explore the current issues and problems confronting the Lone Star State. Texas today is certainly different than it was even a few short decades ago. The authors delineate the beginnings of the departure from the dependence of the state's economy on energy and discuss the rise of minorities in Texas politics. The point out that Texas is facing critical, difficult decisions. What is missing, however, is much emphasis on the personal aspects of Texas politics. The giants of the past are no longer on center stage. Have they been replaced by lesser actors? By anyone at all? The absence of the ``Texas legends'' makes this volume seem somewhat pedantic at times. Even so, this is a good look at Texas headed into an uncertain last decade of the 20th century. Excellent case studies. A fascinating volume when read as a companion to V.O. Key's Southern Politics in State and Nation (1949), a comparison the authors often make. Well documented. Recommended for advanced students.-W.K. Hall, Bradley University
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"Adds Harpham, ''We are effectively directionless at the time we most need to redefine where we''re going and how we''re going to get there. The resulting problems will have to be grappled with well into the next Century.''"-- Richardson Daily News
"Adds Harpham, ''We are effectively directionless at the time we most need to redefine where we''re going and how we''re going to get there. The resulting problems will have to be grappled with well into the next Century.''"--RichardsonDaily News
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The Lone Star State finds itself in the midst of a great transition. No longer the rustic frontier state of myth and legend, Texas is a complex, highly urbanized society that is rapidly replacing old dreams with new ones. Faced with increasing demands on state services and with unreliable revenues tied to an unsteady oil industry, Texas must make hard decisions for its future. Book jacket.
Main Description
The Lone Star State finds itself in the midst of a great transition. No longer the rustic frontier state of myth and legend, Texas is a complex, highly urbanized society that is rapidly replacing old dreams with new ones. Faced with increasing demands on state services and with unreliable revenues tied to an unsteady oil industry, Texas must make hard decisions for its future. This volume seeks to appraise Texas as it is today and to assess the direction in which the state is headed. The first part of the book deals with the Texan people--demographics, economic changes that have affected Texas' political economy over the past decades and continue to shape its future, and the shifting style of Texas politics and its potential for change. Part two explores seven major policy areas: management of water resources, energy policy, educational reform, funding of higher education, highway policy, crime and the penal system, and welfare reform. By seeking to understand the status and prospects of the state in terms of its changing political economy, this book will provide readers with insights into the challenges and opportunities facing Texas as it moves into the twenty-first century. The excellent case studies of Texas policy areas will be a most valuable resource for students and scholars of state and local history and comparative politics, policy makers, journalists, and all Texas citizens who are concerned with the problems that lie ahead.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
The Setting
The Demography of a Sunbelt Statep. 15
Advanced Industrial Developmentp. 42
The Electorate is Texasp. 68
The Issues
Water for Texasp. 111
Energy Policyp. 129
Assessing Educational Reformp. 154
Funding Higher Educationp. 174
Highway Policyp. 203
Crime and Correctionp. 230
Welfare Reform in Perspectivep. 262
Epiloguep. 297
The Contributorsp. 299
Indexp. 301
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