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Craig Parsons is Professor of Political Science and a specialist in comparative European politics at the University of Oregon. After growing up in Chico, California, he earned degrees from Stanford University, Sciences Po Paris, and the University of California, Berkeley. His authored or edited books include A Certain Idea of Europe (Cornell University Press, 2003), The State of the European Union: With US or Against US (Oxford University Press, 2005), Immigration and the Transformation of Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2006), How to Map Arguments in Political Science (Oxford University Press, 2007), and Constructing the International Economy (Cornell University Press, 2010). He has also published many articles and book chapters on the European Union, national-level European politics, the U.S. Congress, and a variety of theoretical and methodological issues in political science.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Political Philosophy and Its Offshoot: Political Science 3. Ideologies 4. States 5. Governments 6. Individual Participation and Collective Action 7. Inside Liberal Democracy I: Representation 8. Power and Policy-Making in Liberal Democracies 9. Political Economies 10. Economic Development and Growth 11. Political Change: Authoritarianism and Democratization 12. Political Violence: War and Terrorism 13. Globalization and Governance