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Peter Ferdinand, Robert Garner, and Stephanie Lawson

Publication Date - 12 June 2018

ISBN: 9780198787983

592 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock


With an unrivalled combination of exceptional clarity and intelligent analysis, Politics is the perfect introduction to political studies. Written especially for undergraduate students, this is the only introduction to politics to combine genuine accessibility and an analytical approach, encouraging critical study and engaged debate right from the outset of a university course.

Alongside comprehensive coverage of concepts, approaches, and ideologies, the book features chapters on all crucial elements of political studies, from institutions and states to security, political economy, civil society, and the media, making it an ideal text for a broad range of courses.

Current debates and key developments in contemporary politics are taken into account, with coverage of the rise of populism, Brexit, and the Trump presidency, as well as a broad range of international case studies and examples.

Politics also features a lively and accessible design and a range of helpful learning features throughout, including key points, case studies, key debates, key thinkers, key quotes, and questions. The book is also fully supported by online resources to help students take their learning further.

For students:
- Test your knowledge of the chapters and receive instant feedback with online multiple choice questions.
- Take your learning further with relevant web links to reliable online content.
- Revise key terms and concepts from the text with a digital flashcard glossary.
- Learn more about key thinkers' ideas and backgrounds.

For registered lecturers:
- Reinforce key themes from each chapter with suggested seminar and essay questions.
- Incorporate active learning into your seminars with political scenarios, discussion questions, and teaching notes.
- Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations or as hand-outs in class.
- Assess students' learning with a ready-made test bank, which can be customized to suit your needs.


  • Written especially for undergraduate students, this introduction to politics is the perfect foundation on which to build university-level studies.
  • A clear writing style, a range of helpful learning features, and a lively design make Politics the ideal choice for those coming to the subject for the first time.
  • With broad coverage of political concepts, ideologies, and issues, Politics provides students with all they need to know to successfully complete a wide range of modules.
  • A range of case studies and international examples throughout the text demonstrate the relevance of the concepts being introduced to the real world.
  • The authors include insightful analysis and engaging questions to help students develop a critical approach to their studies.

About the Author(s)

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

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

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

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the nature of politics and political analysis
    2. Politics and the State
    3. Political Power, Authority, and the State
    4. Democracy
    5. Democracies, Democratization, and Authoritarian Regimes
    6. Nations and Nationalism
    7. The Ideal State
    8. Ideologies
    9. Political Economy: National and Global Perspectives
    10. Institutions and States
    11. Laws, Constitutions, and Federalism
    12. Votes, elections, legislatures, and legislators
    13. Political Parties
    14. Executives, Bureaucracies, Policy Studies, and Governance
    15. The Media and Politics
    16. Civil Society, Interest Groups, and Populism
    17. Security and Insecurity
    18. Governance and Organizations in Global Politics
    19. Conclusion

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