Civic Engagement & Political Efficacy in the Lone Star State

Texas is known for a lot of things.  Political participation is not one of them.  We rank near the bottom of the list when it comes to civic engagement, including voter registration and voting, volunteering, contacting elected officials, and discussing government and politics (for more information, see the 2018 Texas Civic Health Index).

This has serious implications.  According to theories of substantive representation, participatory democracy, and pluralist democracy, civic engagement should promote more responsive government.  Communities with strong civic health tend to have better employment rates, schools, and physical health.

What few people aren’t turned off by government and politics tend to focus their attention on the federal government when, honestly, states and local governments are closer to home and have a more direct impact on our day-to-day life.  Instead of following Washington, D.C., we should be following what is happening in our own backyard.  And herein lies the purpose of Texas Political Science: to serve as a resource to promote civic engagement and political efficacy where it matters most – in the Lone Star State and our local communities.

Knowledge is Power

“Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“The cultivated mind is the guardian genius of Democracy, and while guided and controlled by virtue, the noblest attribute of man.”
– Mirabeau B. Lamar

Texas Political Science hosts a repository of articles on various topics relating to history, government, and politics in the Lone Star State.  To access this content, simply select a menu option located under “Knowledge is Power” (above).

About This Site

black and white photo of lumberjacks in piney woods of East TexasTexas Political Science is an ongoing project started in 2019 with the goal of promoting civic engagement and political efficacy in the Lone Star State.  This project is the brainchild of a native Texan descending from a long line of East Texas treebillies.