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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|
|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|
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