WAYNE THORBURN - Red State: An Insider's Story


Friday, September 26 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Acclaimed Author

speaking & signing
Red State: An Insider's Story


Using data to identify historical trends and tendencies, Wayne Thorburn has written a critical text on Texas's political changes from the past fifty years. Incorporating the changes in demographics, policy, and party identification, Thorburn presents a definitive book on the recent history of Texas politics. With elections around the bend, this is a great event to sharpen your knowledge of the political history of the Lone Star State!

About Red State: An Insider's Story:
Red State explores why this transformation of Texas politics took place and what these changes imply for the future. As both a political scientist and a Republican party insider, Wayne Thorburn is especially qualified to explain how a solidly one-party Democratic state has become a Republican stronghold. He analyzes a wealth of data to show how changes in the state's demographics--including an influx of new residents, the shift from rural to urban, and the growth of the Mexican American population--have moved Texas through three stages of party competition, from two-tiered politics, to two-party competition between Democrats and Republicans, and then to the return to one-party dominance, this time by Republicans. His findings reveal that the shift from Democratic to Republican governance has been driven not by any change in Texans' ideological perspective or public policy orientation--even when Texans were voting Democrat, conservatives outnumbered liberals or moderates--but by the Republican party's increasing identification with conservatism since 1960.

Wayne Thorburn, who holds a PhD in political science, brings a lifetime of political involvement to the task of tracing the transformation of Texas politics since 1960. When Texas elected its first Republican governor in 104 years, he was executive director of the state party. Thorburn was involved in the election of the President George H. W. Bush and then directed the coordinated campaign that in 1996 elected all statewide Republican candidates for the first time. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Event date: 
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
Red State: An Insider's Story of How the GOP Came to Dominate Texas Politics (Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History #42) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780292759206
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University of Texas Press - September 1st, 2014

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