Introduction to Politics

Introduction to Politics

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Combining theory, comparative politics and international relations, Introduction to Politics, Fourth Edition, provides the most comprehensive introduction to the subject for first year undergraduate students, with the most global perspective.

Written by three experts in the field, this book takes a balanced approached to the subject, serving as a strong foundation for further study. Assuming no prior knowledge, the authors use an accessible yet analytical approach which encourages critical analysis and debate, helping students to develop the vital skills they need for future studies and employment.

The new edition has been fully updated with additional case studies and examples to help students to understand how key theories and principles apply in the context of real-world events. New to the fourth edition is a chapter on 'Non-Western Approaches', which helps students to bring more diverse perspectives to their study of politics. Furthermore, additional coverage of populism has been included, to reflect current events and developments in discourse. This ensures that Introduction to Politics, Fourth Edition is the most contemporary, relevant and essential guide for students new to the study of politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198820611
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/13/2020
Edition description: 4th ed.
Pages: 632
Sales rank: 928,135
Product dimensions: 7.47(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Robert Garner, Professor of Politics, University of Leicester,Peter Ferdinand, Emeritus Reader in Politics and International Relations, University of Warwick,Stephanie Lawson, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University

Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.

Peter Ferdinand is a Emeritus Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Stephanie Lawson is Professor of Politics and International Studies at Macquarie University and Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Nature of Politics and Political Analysis
Part 1: Concepts and Ideologies
2. Politics and the State
3. Political Power, Authority and the State
4. Democracy and Political Obligation
5. Freedom and Justice
6. Traditional Ideologies
7. Challenges to the Dominant Ideologies
Part 2: Comparative Politics
8. Institutions and States
9. Political Culture and Non-Western Approaches to Politics
10. Laws, Constitutions and Federalism
11. Votes, Elections, Legislatures, and Legislators
12. Political Parties
13. Executives, Bureaucracies, Policy Studies and Governance
14. Civil Society, Interest Groups, and the Media
15. Democracies, Democratization and Authoritarian Regimes
Part 3: Global Politics
16. Introducing Global Politics
17. Traditional Theories in Global Politics
18. Critical Approaches to Global Politics
19. Security and Insecurity
20. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
21. International Organizations in Global Politics
22. Global Political Economy
23. Conclusion: Towards a Globalizing, Post-Western-Dominated World

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