Introduction to Politics

Paperback | March 5, 2016

byRobert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, Stephanie Lawson

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Combining theory, comparative politics, and international relations, Introduction to Politics provides a perfect introduction to the subject for students embarking on university-level study. As the only introductory text to cover both comparative politics and international relations, andcontextualise this material with a wide range of international examples, it is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and global introductory politics textbook on the market. Written by three experts in the field, this book takes a balanced approached to the subject, serving as a strong foundation for further study. The material is explored in an accessible way for introductory study, but takes an analytical approach which encourages more critical study and debate,helping students to develop the vital skills they need for a politics degree. An Online Resource Centre accompanies this text, and includes a range of resources for both students and lecturers. For students:* Learn more about the people behind the theory with the 'Key Thinkers' resource.* Test your understanding of the chapter content and receive instant feedback with self-marking multiple-choice questions.* Revise key terms and concepts with an online flashcard glossary. For registered lecturers:* Encourage students to think critically with political scenario exercises.* Reinforce key themes from each chapter with suggested discussion questions for use in seminars.* Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for a lecture presentation, or as hand-outs in class.* Save time preparing assessments and seminars with a fully updated test bank of questions.

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Combining theory, comparative politics, and international relations, Introduction to Politics provides a perfect introduction to the subject for students embarking on university-level study. As the only introductory text to cover both comparative politics and international relations, andcontextualise this material with a wide range o...

Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Peter Ferdinand is a Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Stephanie Lawson is Professor of Politics and International Studies at Macquarie University and Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Huma...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.11 inPublished:March 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198704380

ISBN - 13:9780198704386

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature of Politics and Political AnalysisPart 1: Concepts and IdeologiesRobert Garner: 1. Politics and the State2. Political Power, Authority and the State3. Democracy and Political Obligation4. Freedom and Justice5. Traditional Ideologies6. Challenges to the Dominant IdeologiesPart 2: Comparative PoliticsPeter Ferdinand: 7. Institutions and States8. Laws, Constitutions and Federalism9. Votes, Elections, Legislatures, and Legislators10. Political Parties12. Executives, Bureaucracies, Policy Studies and Governance12. Civil Society, Interest Groups, and the Media13. Democracies, Democratization and Authoritarian RegimesPart 3: Global PoliticsStephanie Lawson: 14. Introducing Global Politics15. Traditional Theories in Global Politics16. Critical Approaches to Global Politics17. Security and Insecurity18. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy19. International Organizations in Global Politics20. Global Political EconomyPeter Ferdinand: Conclusion: Towards a Globalizing, Post-Western-Dominated World

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"The writing style is very clear indeed, and is definitely pitched at the right level. Key terms are explained clearly, and there is no prior knowledge assumed." --Sam Rapheal, Kingston University, UK