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Combining theory, comparative politics, and international relations, Introduction to Politics provides a perfect introduction to the study of global politics. An accessible writing style, analytical approach, and a wide range of international examples to contextualize the content make it an ideal foundation for first-year politics students. As the only introductory text to cover both comparative politics and international relations, it is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and global introductory politics textbook on the market.
Written by three experts in the field, the text takes a balanced approached to the subject, serving as a strong foundation for further study. The material is explored in an accessible way, but also takes an analytical approach which encourages more critical study and debate.
An Online Resource Centre accompanies this text, and includes a range of resources for both students and lecturers.
For students - Learn more about the people behind the theory with the "Key Thinkers" resource - Test your understanding of the chapter content and receive instant feedback with self-marking multiple-choice questions - Revise key terms and concepts with an online flashcard glossary
For instructors - Encourage students to think critically with political scenario exercises - Reinforce key themes from each chapter with suggested discussion questions for use in seminars - Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for a lecture presentation or as hand-outs in class - Save time preparing assessments and seminars with a fully updated test bank of questions
Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Peter Ferdinand is a Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Stephanie Lawson is Professor of Politics and International Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Concepts and Ideologies by Robert Garner Chapter 1 Introduction: Politics and Political Analysis Chapter 2 Politics and the State Chapter 3 Political Power and Authority Chapter 4 Democracy Chapter 5 Freedom and Justice Chapter 6 Traditional Ideologies Chapter 7 Challenges to the Dominant Ideologies
Part 2: Comparative Politics by Peter Ferdinand Chapter 8 Institutions and States Chapter 9 Laws, Constitutions and Federalism Chapter 10 Legislatures, Elections, Votes and Legislators Chapter 11 Political Parties Chapter 12 Executives, Bureaucracies, Policy Studies and Governance Chapter 13 The Media, Civil Society and Interest Groups Chapter 14 Democracies, Democratization and Authoritarian Regimes
Part 3: Global Politics by Stephanie Lawson Chapter 15 International Global Politics Chapter 16 Traditional Theories in Global Politics Chapter 17 Critical Approaches to Global Politics Chapter 18 Security and Insecurity Chapter 19 Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Chapter 20 International Organizations in Global Politics Chapter 21 Global Political Economy Chapter 22 Rising Powers in a post-globalisation world Part 1: Concepts and Ideologies Robert Garner 1. Introduction: Politics and Political Analysis 2. Politics and the State 3. Political Power and Authority 4. Democracy 5. Freedom and Justice 6. Traditional Ideologies 7. Challenges to the Dominant Ideologies Part 2: Comparative Politics Peter Ferdinand 8. Institutions and States 9. Laws, Constitutions and Federalism 10. Legislatures, Elections, Votes and Legislators 11. Political Parties 12. Executives, Bureaucracies, Policy Studies and Governance 13. The Media, Civil Society and Interest Groups 14. Democracies, Democratization and Authoritarian Regimes Part 3: Global Politics Stephanie Lawson 15. International Global Politics 16. Traditional Theories in Global Politics 17. Critical Approaches to Global Politics 18. Security and Insecurity 19. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy 20. International Organizations in Global Politics 21. Global Political Economy 22. Rising Powers in a post-globalisation world