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Introduction to Politics

Second Edition

Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, and Stephanie Lawson

Publication Date - June 2012

ISBN: 9780199605729

560 pages
Paperback
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $65.95

Description

Bringing together an expert team of authors, Introduction to Politics, Second Edition, 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, the authors avoid 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.

New to this Edition

  • A substantially revised final section on global politics that is more integrated with the first two parts of the text
  • A new case study on Wikileaks, a highly topical example
  • Increased coverage of hung parliaments, federal systems, the financial crisis, and securitization

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 2009

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Politics and Political Analysis, Robert Garner
    PART 1. CONCEPTS AND IDEOLOGIES ROBERT GARNER
    1. Politics and the State
    2. Political Power and Authority
    3. Democracy
    4. Freedom and Justice
    5. Traditional Ideologies
    6. Challenges to the Dominant Ideologies
    PART 2. COMPARATIVE POLITICS PETER FERDINAND
    7. Institutions and States
    8. Constitutions, Law, and Judiciaries
    9. Executives and Legislators
    10. Bureaucracies, Policy Studies, and Governance
    11. Votes, Elections, Parties
    12. Civil Society, Interest Groups, and the Media
    13. Political Culture
    PART 3. GLOBAL POLITICS STEPHANIE LAWSON
    14. International Global Politics
    15. Traditional Theories in Global Politics
    16. Critical Approaches to Global Politics
    17. Security and Insecurity
    18. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
    19. International Organizations in Global Politics
    20. Global Political Economy
    21. Conclusion

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