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UNDERSTANDING POLITICS: IDEAS, INSTITUTIONS, AND ISSUES, Eighth Edition, is the best way to empower yourself with an understanding of the political forces that shape the United States and the world. With best-selling author Thomas Magstadt as your guide, you will gain a rich understanding of politics as a pervasive force in our society. You?ll explore the concepts of democracy, dictatorship, citizenship, and leadership. Not only will you come away with a solid grasp of politics but also with a better understanding of human nature, society, and the world!
Table of Contents
|Introduction: The Study of Politics|
|The Idea of the Public Good: Ideologies and Isms|
|Comparative Political Systems: Models and Theories|
|Utopias: Model States|
|Constitutional Democracy: Models of Representation|
|The Authoritarian Model: Myth and Reality|
|The Totalitarian Model: False Utopias|
|Established and Emerging Democracies|
|States in Transition: Between Democracy and Yesterday|
|Developing Countries: Democracy or Dictatorship?|
|Politics by Civil Means: Citizens, Leaders, and Policies|
|Political Socialization: The Making of a Citizen|
|Political Participation: The Price of Influence|
|Political Leadership: The Many Faces of Power|
|Issues in Public Policy: Principles, Priorities, and Practices|
|Politics by Violent Means: Revolution, War, and Terrorism|
|Revolution: In the Name of Justice|
|Terrorism: Weapon of the Weak|
|War: Politics by Other Means|
|Politics without Government|
|International Relations: The Struggle for Power|
|International Organization(s): Globalization and the Quest for Order|
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