Texas vs. the Federal Government: An Examination of the Influence of Political Ideologies on State-Filed Lawsuits
Project AdvisorBowman, Ann O'M.
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This study explores the role of ideology in the filing of lawsuits by the state of Texas against the federal government. Four important policy areas are examined: criminal justice, environmental protection, immigration, and social issues. The time period of the study encompasses an ideological spectrum in Texas government and among the American presidents holding office at the same time as the governors. To gain a comparative focus, the Texas lawsuit data is contrasted with federal lawsuits filed by Florida and California. The analysis shows no clear connection between ideology and the number of lawsuits filed by the three states.
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Calahan, Becky; Drastata, Danielle; Garcia, Ann Marie; Gaskin, Matthew; Perales, Jesus; Philpot, Patrick; Plowman, Theo (2017). Texas vs. the Federal Government: An Examination of the Influence of Political Ideologies on State-Filed Lawsuits. Available electronically from
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