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Texas Politics - Political Parties
5.6    Organizing Government

We alluded to this function above in the brief discussion of "the party-in-government." The divided nature of the institutions of Texas government (e.g., the bicameral legislature, the plural executive, checks and balances) and the loose organization of parties themselves limit the ability of parties to organize the government. Nevertheless, party officials and sometimes office holders try to use party allegiance as an organizing tool. In practice, the best that party leaders can usually hope for is the ability to organize numerous small, loosely joined parts of government that intermittently coordinate on public policy formation and implementation.

Texas Politics:
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University of Texas at Austin
3rd Edition - Revision 115
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