Ideas, Interests, and Issues: Readings in Introductory Politics by George A. MacLeanIdeas, Interests, and Issues: Readings in Introductory Politics by George A. MacLean

Ideas, Interests, and Issues: Readings in Introductory Politics

byGeorge A. MacLean, Brenda O'neill

Paperback | April 15, 2008

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POLITICS is about the competition between ideas, the vocalization of interests, and the resolution of issues. POLITICS is all around us, and affects us all. It is crucial that we think about politics in an open and critical manner.


The editors assembled this wide-ranging set of readings to develop your knowledge and appreciation of the complexity and importance of contemporary politics, both Canadian and International. We all have our own ideas, interests, and issues in political life. The readings in this book will confirm or challenge yours. This reader will also develop the skills that you’ll need as a post-secondary student such as:

  • The ability to digest and understand material. Each section of the reader provides a short summary of the key arguments, and a set of questions that stimulate you to think from the perspective of a political scientist.
  • Seeing the practical application of what you learn. This book contains definitions and explanations of key concepts but also gives you insights into what these terms really mean for everyday use.
  • Appreciating the importance of diverse thinking. These readings use very different writing styles and approaches and all add to the richness of debates and ideas.
  • Keeping your mind open to all kinds of potential sources of useful information for your courses. There is no single place to get it. These readings come from many sources: academic journals, periodicals, speeches, and books.

Dr. George A. MacLean is Associate Professor and Acting Head of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies. He is the author of Clinton’s Foreign Policy in Russia (2006), co-author of Ideas, Interests, and Issues, (2006 and 2009) and Power, Participatio...
Title:Ideas, Interests, and Issues: Readings in Introductory PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.5 × 7.25 × 0.75 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Use this Book

Section 1         Political Science and Political Action

Chapter 1: Gerry Stoker, The Triumph of Democracy? (NEW)

Chapter 2: Kenneth Minogue, The Experience of Politics: I. How to Be an Activist

Chapter 3: Oliver H. Woshinsky, The Impact of Culture on Politics

Chapter 4: Kenneth Minogue, The Classical Greeks: How to be a Citizen

Chapter 5: Wayne Ellwood, Globalization Then and Now (NEW)

Chapter 6: Stella Z. Theodoulou and Rory O'Brien, Where We Stand Today: The State of Modern Political Science

Section 2            Political Theories and Perspectives

Chapter 7: Russell Kirk, Ten Conservative Principles

Chapter 8: Francis Fukuyama, The End of History? (NEW)

Chapter 9: Carol C. Gould, Socialism and Democracy

Chapter 10: Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, A Day Without Feminism

Section 3         Structures and Processes

Chapter 11: J. Patrick Boyer, Responsible Government Won and Lost: Parliamentarians Play-Act Their Accountability Roles

Chapter 12: David Herle, Poll-Driven Politicsm -- The Role of Public Opinion in Canada (NEW)

Chapter 13: Gemma Rosenblatt, How They Operate (NEW)

Chapter 14: Janet L. Hiebert, From Equality Rights to Same-Sex Marriage: Parliament and the Courts in the Age of the Charter

Chapter 15: Reg Whitaker, Virtual Political Parties and The Decline of Democracy

Section 4         Citizenship and Participation

Chapter 16: Philippe C. Schmitter and Terry Lynn Karl, What Democracy Is… and Is Not

Chapter 17: Andrew F. Johnson, Democracy, Prosperity, Citizens and the State

Chapter 18: Anne Milan, Willing to Participate: Political Engagement of Young Adults (NEW)

Chapter 19: Centre for Research and Information on Canada (CRIC), Voter Participation in Canada: Is Canadian Democracy in Crisis?

Chapter 20: Jarl K. Kampen, Kris Snijkers, E-Democracy: A Critical Evaluation of the Ultimate E-Dream (NEW)

Section 5         Going Global

Chapter 21: Ramesh Thakur, Security in the New Millennium

Chapter 22: Denis Stairs, 9/11 "Terrorism," "Root Causes" and All That: Policy Implications of the Socio-Cultural Argument

Chapter 23: Louise Arbour, The Responsibility to Protect and the Duty to Punish: Politics and Justice in a Safer World

Chapter 24: Larry Diamond, Building Democracy after Conflict: Lessons from Iraq? (NEW)

Chapter 25: Kim Richard Nossal, Canada: Fading Power or Future Power

Chapter 26: Stephen Clarkson, Sarah Davidson Ladly, Megan Merwart, Carlton Thorne, The Governance of North America NAFTA’s Stunted Institutions (NEW)

Chapter 27: David R. Boyd, Sustainability Law: Respecting the Laws of Nature (NEW)

Section 6         Issues in Politics

Chapter 28: Maurice Strong, Report to the Shareholders

Chapter 29: The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., The Civilization of Difference

Chapter 30: Warren Allmand, The International Recognition of Indigenous Rights (NEW)

Chapter 31: Gerard W. Boychuk, The Illusion of Financial Unsustainability of Canadian Health Care

Chapter 32: Walter Russell Mead, God’s Country? (NEW)


Glossary of Terminology