Politics in a Changing World

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-01
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Providing a foundation for a comparative understanding of political life, POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD includes in-depth chapters on political science concepts (ideology, political culture, interest groups, governmental institutions, parties) followed by a series of brief country studies. The concepts and country studies help students 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. The Sixth Edition is thoroughly updated throughout, including coverage of the global economic crisis, the 2010 midterm elections in the US, the Conservative Party-Liberal Democratic Party coalition and the victory of a new Conservative Prime Minister in Great Britain, and the democratic upheavals in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
About the Authorsp. xiv
Fundamentalsp. 1
Politics, Government, and Political Sciencep. 1
Politics and Government Definedp. 6
Government Functionsp. 8
Kinds of Governmentsp. 10
The Stakes of Politicsp. 13
Politics in a Changing Worldp. 22
Conclusion: Why Study Political Science?p. 25
Ideologies: Images of Political Lifep. 28
Liberalism and Conservatismp. 29
Capitalismp. 36
Marxismp. 39
The Political Relevance of Marxist Ideologyp. 40
Socialismp. 41
Other Ideologiesp. 44
Conclusion: Ideology Shapes Political Community and Political Conflictp. 50
Political Behaviorp. 53
Political Culture and Socializationp. 54
Political Culture: Origins of the Conceptp. 56
Agents of Political Socializationp. 58
Classifying Political Culturesp. 64
The Evolution of Political Culturesp. 69
Conclusion: The Utility of Political Culturep. 76
Public Opinion and Electionsp. 79
Influences on Public Opinion and Voting Choicep. 80
Voter Turnoutp. 95
The Electoral Process and Campaign Moneyp. 100
Electoral Systemsp. 102
Public Opinion Pollingp. 108
Conclusion: Elections and Public Opinion-The People's Voice?p. 109
Political Partiesp. 113
What Are Political Parties?p. 115
The Functions of Political Partiesp. 115
The Origins of Political Partiesp. 122
Party Systemsp. 122
Types of Political Partiesp. 127
Conclusion: Parties in a Changing Worldp. 136
Interest Groupsp. 142
Interest Groups: What They Are and How They Workp. 143
The Power of Interest Groupsp. 155
The Growth of Interest Groupsp. 159
How Interest Groups Are Formedp. 160
Conclusion: Interest Groups-A Challenge for Democracy?p. 165
Political Institutionsp. 167
Legislative Institutionsp. 168
Lawmakingp. 169
Legislatures: Features, Functions, and Structurep. 170
Representationp. 182
Party Responsibility and Legislative Behaviorp. 183
The Changing Role of Modern Legislaturesp. 186
Executive Institutions, Political Leadership, and Bureaucracyp. 189
The Functions of Executive Institutionsp. 190
Kinds of Executive Institutionsp. 195
Limits on Executive Powerp. 197
Approaches to Executive Leadershipp. 200
Bureaucratic Institutionsp. 204
What Is Bureaucracy?p. 205
Bureaucratic Functionsp. 207
The Growth of Bureaucracyp. 208
Bureaucracy Evaluatedp. 210
Bureaucracy and Democracyp. 212
Can Bureaucracy Be Improved?p. 216
Executives and Bureaucracies-From Policy Leadership to Policy Implementationp. 218
Judicial Institutionsp. 221
Judicial Functionsp. 221
Justice and the Political Systemp. 223
Kinds of Lawp. 226
Judicial Institutions: Structure and Designp. 230
Judicial Decisions and Public Policyp. 235
Perspectives on Judicial Policy Makingp. 236
Politics in Selected Nationsp. 243
Some Critical Approaches and Issuesp. 244
Great Britain and the United States: Developed Democraciesp. 245
Russia and China: Past and Present Communist Giantsp. 245
Mexico: A Developing Nationp. 246
U.S. Government: The Dilemmas of Democracyp. 247
The Founding Periodp. 248
Governmental Institutionsp. 252
Participation in U.S. Politicsp. 272
U.S. Politics: Prospects and Challengesp. 275
Great Britain: A Traditional Democracyp. 286
The Relevance of British Politicsp. 286
Contemporary British Society and Political Culturep. 289
Political Parties and Votingp. 294
Interest Groupsp. 301
The Structure of Governmentp. 303
Public Policy and the British Economyp. 307
Conclusion: Great Britain in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 310
Russia: From Authoritarianism to Democracy and Backp. 314
The Relevance of the Russian Experiencep. 314
The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communismp. 317
The Birth of a New Political Systemp. 324
Restructuring the Economyp. 332
Russia in the Early Years of the Twenty-First Century: The Putin Presidency and Beyondp. 336
The Concentration of Political Powerp. 338
Conclusion: The Transition to Democracy Derailedp. 345
China: Searching for a New Visionp. 355
The Relevance of Chinese Politicsp. 356
The Chinese Revolution and Its Originsp. 358
The Evolution of Chinese Politics and Societyp. 360
Reforming the Chinese Economyp. 363
China's Political Systemp. 371
Conclusion: China's Uncertain Futurep. 385
The Politics of Developing Nationsp. 394
The Meaning of Underdevelopmentp. 395
Theories of Underdevelopment and Developmentp. 407
Sources of Political Conflictp. 411
Problems of Political Participationp. 413
Women in Third World Society and Politicsp. 418
Third World Political Institutionsp. 422
Conclusion: Recent Developments and Future Trendsp. 427
Mexico: The Birth Pangs of Democracyp. 432
The Relevance of Mexican Politicsp. 433
Mexico's Formative Years and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolutionp. 435
The Postrevolutionary Orderp. 437
The Making of a Modern Economyp. 438
The Struggle for Political Developmentp. 442
Conclusion: A Developing Democracyp. 460
International Relationsp. 471
Approaches to International Relationsp. 473
International Relations versus Domestic Politicsp. 474
Idealists and Realistsp. 474
War and International Relationsp. 479
Foreign Policy Decision Makingp. 485
International Political Economyp. 488
International Law and Organizationp. 492
Ethics and International Relationsp. 496
Conclusion: War, Trade, Foreign Policy, and the Stakes of International Politicsp. 498
A Changing World Orderp. 501
From the End of the Cold War to the Beginnings of an Uncertain Futurep. 502
Policing Trouble Spots: A New World Order or a World without Order?p. 504
The Changing Nature of the International Arms Racep. 507
Current Trends in World Trade: Economic Unification and Beyondp. 510
North-South Relationsp. 515
Protecting the Environmentp. 522
Human Rightsp. 525
Women's Rightsp. 529
International Terrorismp. 531
Conclusion: The Changing Face of International Relationsp. 532
Glossaryp. 535
Indexp. 549
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