Critical Concepts: An Introduction To Politics by Janine BrodieCritical Concepts: An Introduction To Politics by Janine Brodie

Critical Concepts: An Introduction To Politics

byJanine Brodie, Sandra Rein, Malinda S. Smith

Hardcover | February 1, 2013

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Now in its fifth edition, Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics challenges readers by exploring current political issues and ethical dilemmas. Focusing on fundamental concepts in political science, each chapter provides readers with the critical perspectives needed to analyze the major issues we face and how political science as a discipline helps us to make sense of them.

        The objective of this edition remains the same as previous editions: to introduce readers to the fundamentals of political science, to engage them with key and enduring debates, and to explore both conceptual continuities and shifts in a world marked by growing insecurity, political upheaval, and global tensions. Critical Concepts remains a contributed volume that draws on the expertise of many well-known and respected Canadian political scientists.

Janine Brodie is a distinguished university professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance at the University of Alberta. Dr. Brodie was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002 and awarded a Trudeau Fellowship in 2010. She has published widely in the areas of Canadian politics, gender ...
Title:Critical Concepts: An Introduction To PoliticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:February 1, 2013Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0132766833

ISBN - 13:9780132766838

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Table of Contents



About the Editors

About the Cartoonist


PART I: Ideas and Politics

1. Power and Politics by Janine Brodie

2. Big Ideas by Roger Epp

3. Democratic Ideas by Catherine Kellogg

4. Radical Ideas by Sandra Rein

5. Neo-liberalism by Janine Brodie and Alexa Degagne

6. What’s Left Out?: Dissent, Race, and the Social Contract by Falguni A. Sheth


PART II: Arenas of Politics

7. The State by Lois Harder

8. Constitutions and Institutions by Ian Urquhart

9. Representation by Steve Patten

10. Public Administration by Allan Tupper

11. Media by Shauna Wilton

12. What’s Left Out?: Power, Violence, and War by Sean F. McMahon


PART III: Global Perspectives

13. International Relations and the Global by Siobhan Byrne

14. International Organizations by Tom Keating

15. Global Political Economy by Rob Aitken

16. Indigeneity and Self-Governance by Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez

17. A Genealogy of Poverty by Malinda S. Smith

18. What’s Left Out?: ChIndia and Transnational Social Movements by Meenal Shrivastava




Editorial Reviews

“Reference to events like the ‘Arab Spring’ are a handy demonstration of the freshness of the text.” -Sean Clark, Memorial University   “The level of writing is a perfect for the first- or second-year student.” -J.P. Lewis, University of Guelph   “This chapter [10] is very useful to students as it gives a good detailed description of the main features of Canadian public administration.” -Allan E. Warnke, Vancouver Island University   “Chapter 7 on the Modern State does an effective job of summarizing an enormous and variegated literature on the rise of the modern state and its main functions in contemporary liberal democracies. The discussion of the three varieties of the liberal democratic state is very helpful…” -Brian Tanguay, Wilfrid Laurier University