9780534601522

Understanding Politics Ideas, Institutions, and Issues

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534601522

  • ISBN10:

    0534601529

  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/8/2005
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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UNDERSTANDING POLITICS, the proven, best-selling introductory text for Introduction to Political Science, examines the complexities of politics and government in a way that students will find immediately fascinating. Solidly based on three fundamental premises-that politics is a pervasive force in modern society, that government is too important to be left in the hands of the few, and that in a democracy everyone has both the opportunity and the obligation to participate in public life-the text builds on these beliefs, and seeks to "educate to participate." UNDERSTANDINING POLITICS focuses on such pertinent 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 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): The Struggle for Order
Glossary Acknowledgments
Index
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