9780495797760

Understanding Politics Ideas, Institutions, and Issues

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    9780495797760

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    0495797766

  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/26/2010
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

With its strong, engaging "politics are pertinent" theme and current, cutting-edge coverage, UNDERSTANDING POLITICS: IDEAS, INSTITUTIONS, AND ISSUES, is the proven best-selling text for the introduction to political science course. Thomas Magstadt fascinates students with his coverage of three fundamental premises: 1) politics is a pervasive force in modern society; 2) government is too important to be left in the hands of a few; and 3) in a democracy, everyone has both the opportunity and the obligation to participate in public life. The Ninth Edition focuses on such vital concepts as democracy, dictatorship, citizenship, voting behavior, elections, leadership, ideologies, war, revolution, world politics, and public policy--fundamental concepts that provide students with a view of politics and economics that is at once lucid, nuanced, and empowering.

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 and Economies in Transition: Between Democracy and Yesterday
The Other World: Development or Anarchy?
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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