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Bringing together an expert team of authors, Introduction to Politics provides an intellectually stimulating yet accessible introduction to politics that takes current global realities into account. The text is divided into three sections that reflect the authors' expertise: concepts and ideologies, comparative politics, and international relations. Moving beyond a descriptive narrative, the authors take an analytical approach that introduces students to the debates and inherent complexities of the topics covered. Adopting an international perspective, Introduction to Politics avoids a focus on Western democracies and assumptions of liberal democratic supremacy, instead illustrating points by using examples from a wide range of places including the Islamic states, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. One third of the book is dedicated to international relations, and the authors also examine transnational factors and forces throughout. Introduction to Politics is enhanced by excellent pedagogical features including case-study boxes, numerous practical examples, readers' guides, key points, cross-references, a guide to further reading, and a glossary. An innovative companion website features additional case studies and a variety of resources for both students and instructors.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Nature of Politics and Political Analysis
Concepts and Ideologies
Politics and the State
Political Power, Authority, and the State
Democracy and Political Obligation
Freedom and Justice
Challenges to the Dominant Ideologies
Institutions and States
Law, Constitutions, and Federalism
Legislatures and Legislators
Bureaucracies, Policy Studies, and Governance
Votes, Elections, Parties
Civil Society, Interest Groups, and the Media
Sovereignty, the State, and International Order
Traditional Theories of International Relations
Alternative Approaches to International Relations
Security and Insecurity
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
International Political Economy
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