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Introduction to Politics

Fifth Edition

Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, and Stephanie Lawson

09 February 2023

ISBN: 9780192847713

680 pages

In Stock

Price: £42.99

The only introductory textbook to bring together theory, comparative politics, and international relations, to provide the most comprehensive and global introduction to politics available.



The only introductory textbook to bring together theory, comparative politics, and international relations, to provide the most comprehensive and global introduction to politics available.

  • The only book to combine concepts and ideologies, comparative politics, and international relations in one volume, to provide a fully comprehensive introduction for undergraduates
  • Includes a wide range of contemporary and historical case studies from across the globe, helping to contextualise the material for students
  • The book moves beyond a descriptive narrative, taking an analytical approach that ensures students are challenged to form their own ideas and perspectives
  • Now available as an e-book enhanced with embedded self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Each chapter has been fully updated to reflect changes in the political landscape, including the Covid-19 pandemic, changing state responsibilities, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and threats to the international order
  • Includes further coverage of race, gender analysis, political institutions, climate change, and challenges to state power
  • New and updated learning features throughout the book introduce students to key concepts, key quotes, case studies, key thinkers, and key debates
  • Additional real-world, topical examples and case-studies, such as Russia's imperial history and its implication for contemporary global politics, are included to help students contextualise theories and approaches

About the Author(s)

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

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

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

Stephanie Lawson is Honorary Professor of Politics and International Studies at Macquarie University, Honorary Professor of Pacific Affairs, Australian National 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 Political Ideas
    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

Additional Resources

ntroduction to Politics 5e is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The online student resources include:
- Multiple-choice questions
- Political scenarios.
- A library of web links
- Videos
- Flashcard glossary

The online digital lecturer resources include:
- Customisable PowerPoint slides
- Discussion questions to be used in seminars
- A Test Bank of questions