With an emphasis on public policy and active learning, this popular and highly accessible text introduces the essentials of Texas government and its often colorful politics in a way that any reader can understand. An abundance of useful study aids and exercises in every chapter and a lively, straightforward writing style makes the material accessible to readers of every level. Showing them the impact that government has on their lives, this insightful and sometimes humorous critique of Texas government engages readers in the material and encourages them to become active participants in their government. The ninth edition is published as a “Longman Study Edition” and therefore contains a battery of practice chapter tests for self study and review. This book is in great condition with only some minor shelf wear. A very good deal!