Power & Choice: An Introduction to Political Science

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  • Edition: 14th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-10-14
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This program provides a general, comparative introduction to the major concepts and themes of political science. The title of the book, Power & Choice, indicates a subsidiary theme that recurs at intervals. We may view politics as (1) the use of power or (2) the production of a public choice. Often one or the other is heavily emphasized in approaching the subject. Marxism emphasizes politics as the use of power, while pluralism and much formal modeling work emphasize the emergence of public choices.

Table of Contents

Part I The Idea of Politics

CHAPTER 1 Politics: Setting the StageCHAPTER 2 Modern Ideologies and Political Philosophy

Part II The State and Public Policy

CHAPTER 3 The Modern State CHAPTER 4 Policies of the StateCHAPTER 5 Economic Policy of the StateCHAPTER 6 What Lies Behind Policy: Questions of Justice andEffectiveness

Part III The Citi zen and the Regime

CHAPTER 7 Democracies and Authoritarian SystemsCHAPTER 8 Political Culture and Political Socialization

Part IV The Apparatus of Governance

CHAPTER 9 Constitutions and the Design of GovernmentCHAPTER 10 Elections CHAPTER 11 Parties: A Linking and Leading Mechanism in PoliticsCHAPTER 12 Structured Conflict: Interest Groups and PoliticsCHAPTER 13 Social Movements and Contentious PoliticsCHAPTER 14 National Decision-Making Institutions: Parliamentary GovernmentCHAPTER 15 National Decision-Making Institutions: Presidential GovernmentCHAPTER 16 Bureaucracy and the Public SectorCHAPTER 17 Law and the Courts

Part V International Politics

CHAPTER 18 Global Politics: Politics among States (and Others)APPENDIX Principles of Political Analysis


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