Politics in a Changing World

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Providing a foundation for a comparative understanding political life, POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD, Fifth Edition, includes in-depth chapters on political science concepts (ideology, political culture, interest groups, governmental institutions, parties), followed by a series of brief country studies to help readers acquire a better understanding of the actors and institutions that play a part in diverse political systems, how and why they act in relation to one another, and what their actions mean for the political system and its citizens. This fifth edition is thoroughly updated throughout, including coverage of the Obama/McCain campaign; the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Darfur; the transition from Russian President Putin to Medvedev; the transition from Prime Minister Tony Blair to Gordon Brown; the new Calderon administration in Mexico; and much more.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
About the Authorsp. xii
Fundamentalsp. 1
Politics, Government, and Political Sciencep. 3
Politics and Government Definedp. 7
Government Functionsp. 9
Kinds of Governmentsp. 11
The Stakes of Politicsp. 14
Politics in a Changing Worldp. 24
Conclusion: Why Study Political Science?p. 27
Ideologies: Images of Political Lifep. 33
Liberalism and Conservatismp. 34
Capitalismp. 41
Marxismp. 43
Socialismp. 47
Other Ideologesp. 50
Conclusion: Ideology Shapes Political Community and Political Conflictp. 58
Political Behaviorp. 63
Political Culture and Socializationp. 65
Political Culture: Origins of the Conceptp. 67
Agents of Political Socializationp. 69
Classifying Political Culturesp. 75
The Evolution of Political Culturesp. 82
Conclusion: The Utility of Political Culturep. 89
Public Opinion and Electionsp. 94
Influences on Public Opinion and Voting Choicep. 95
Voter Turnoutp. 112
Belief Systemsp. 117
The Electoral Process and Campaign Moneyp. 118
Electoral Systemsp. 120
Public Opinion Pollingp. 126
Conculsion: Elections and Public Opinion-
The People's Voice?p. 127
Political Partiesp. 133
What Are Political Parties?p. 135
The Functions of Political Partiesp. 136
The Origins of Political Partiesp. 143
Party Systemsp. 145
Types of Political Partiesp. 148
Conclusion: Parties in a Changing Worldp. 156
Interest Groupsp. 163
Interest Groups: What They Are and How They Workp. 165
The Power of Interest Groupsp. 177
The Growth of Interest Groupsp. 182
How Interest Groups Are Formedp. 183
Conclusion: Interest Groups-A Challenge for Democracy?p. 188
Political Institutionsp. 193
Legislative Institutionsp. 195
Lawmakingp. 197
Legislatures: Features, Functions, and Structurep. 197
Representationp. 210
Party Responsibility and Legislative Behaviorp. 212
The Changing Role of Modern Legislaturesp. 214
Executive Institutions and Political Leadershipp. 219
The Functions of Executive Institutionsp. 220
Kinds of Executive Institutionsp. 226
Limits on Executive Powerp. 228
Approaches to Executive Leadershipp. 231
Conclusion: The Evolving Challenges of Executive Powerp. 237
Judicial Institutionsp. 241
Judicial Functionsp. 242
Justice and the Political Systemp. 243
Kinds of Lawp. 247
Judicial Institutions: Structure and Designp. 251
Judicial Decisions and Public Policyp. 256
Perspectives on Judicial Policy Makingp. 257
Bureaucratic Institutionsp. 264
What Is Bureaucracy?p. 267
Bureauratic Functionsp. 269
The Growth of Bureaucracyp. 271
Bureaucracy Evaluatedp. 273
Bureaucracy and Democracyp. 278
Can Bureaucracy Be Improved?p. 283
Bureaucracy in Political Lifep. 284
Politics in Selected Nationsp. 289
Some Critical Approaches and Issuesp. 290
Great Britain and the United States: Developed Democraciesp. 290
Russia and China: Past and Present Communist Giantsp. 291
Mexico: A Developing Nationp. 291
U.S. Government: The Dilemmas of Democracyp. 293
The Founding Periodp. 294
Governmental Institutionsp. 298
Patricipation in U.S. Politicsp. 230
U.S. Politics: Prospects and Challengesp. 325
Great Britain: A Traditional Democracyp. 341
The Relevance of British Politicsp. 342
Comtemporary British Society and Political Culturep. 345
Political Parties and Votingp. 351
Interst Groupsp. 359
The Structure of Governmentp. 361
Public Policy and the British Economyp. 365
Conclusion: Great Britain in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 368
Russia: The Elusive Path to and from Democracyp. 372
The Relevance of the Russian Experiencep. 374
The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communismp. 375
The Birth of a New Political Systemp. 382
Restructuring the Economyp. 391
Russia in the Early Years of the Twenty-First Century: The Putin Presidency and Afterp. 397
Putin and the Creation of an All-Powerful Presidencyp. 400
Conclusion: The Transition to Democracy Derailedp. 405
China: Searching for a New Visionp. 418
The Relevance of Chinese Politicsp. 422
The Chinese Revolution and Its Originsp. 424
The Evolution of Chinese Politics and Societyp. 426
Reforming the Chinese Economyp. 429
China's Political Systemp. 434
Conclusion: China's Uncertain Futurep. 447
The Politics of Developing Nationsp. 459
The Meaning of Underdevelopmentp. 460
Theories of Underdevelopment and Developmentp. 471
Sources of Political Conflictp. 475
Problems of Political Participationp. 478
Women in Third World Society and Politicsp. 480
Third World Political Institutionsp. 484
Conclusion: Recent Developments and Future Trendsp. 490
Mexico: The Birth of Democracyp. 496
The Relevance of Mexican Politicsp. 497
Mexico's Formative Years and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920)p. 499
The Post-revolutionary Orderp. 501
The Making of a Modern Economyp. 502
The Struggle for Political Developmentp. 506
Conclusion: A Developing Democracyp. 523
International Relationsp. 531
Approaches to International Realtionsp. 533
International Relations versus Domestic Politicsp. 534
Idealists and Realistsp. 535
War and International Relationsp. 540
The Politics of Nuclear Weaponsp. 544
Foreign Policy Decision Makingp. 547
International Political Economyp. 550
International Law and Organizationp. 554
Ethics and International Relationsp. 560
Conclusion: War, Trade, Foreign Policy, and the Stakes of International Politicsp. 560
A Changing World Orderp. 565
From the End of the Cold War to the Beginnings of an Uncertain Futurep. 566
Policing Trouble Spots: A New World Order or a World without Order?p. 568
The Changing Nature of the International Arms Racep. 571
Current Trends in World Trade: Economic Unification and Beyondp. 574
North-South Relationsp. 579
Protecting the Environmentp. 586
Human Rightsp. 588
Women's Rightsp. 592
International Terrorismp. 594
Conclusion: The Changing Face of International Relationsp. 595
Epiloguep. 599
Future Challenges and Developmentsp. 601
Climate Changes and Public Policy Responsesp. 602
Resource Conservationp. 604
Serving the Elderly: Health Care and Retirement Pensionsp. 605
Immigration Policy in Developed Nationsp. 606
Russia and the West: A New Cold War?p. 608
The Asian Centuryp. 611
Conclusionp. 614
Glossaryp. 617
Indexp. 631
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