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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|
|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|
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