9780495503309

Understanding Politics Ideas, Institutions, and Issues

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495503309

  • ISBN10:

    0495503304

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/29/2008
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

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
Parliamentary Democracy
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
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index
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