Introduction to Politics

Paperback | January 1, 2009

byRobert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, Stephanie Lawson

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Introduction to Politics brings together an expert team of authors to produce the definitive introductory politics textbook. The book is divided into three sections, reflecting the areas of expertise of each of the three authors: concepts and ideologies, comparative politics, and InternationalRelations.This is an intellectually stimulating, yet accessible, introduction to the subject, which reflects the realities of current global politics. The book moves beyond a descriptive account of the subject; instead, students are introduced to the debates and inherent complexities of the topics covered.The book's analytical approach will challenge students, rather than providing them with one definite line of argument.The book avoids a focus on Western democracies and assumptions of liberal democratic supremacy, instead illustrating points by using examples from a wide range of countries. Further, a third of the book is dedicated to international relations, and throughout, the book considers transnational factorsand forces. Introduction to Politics is accompanied by an innovative Online Resource Centre, which includes:For Students:Multiple-choice questionsFlashcard glossaryWeb linksFurther information on key thinkersFor Lecturers:Expanded case studies from the book with embedded links to relevant news articles, web video and researchRole-play activitiesPowerPoint slidesDiscussion questions

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Introduction to Politics brings together an expert team of authors to produce the definitive introductory politics textbook. The book is divided into three sections, reflecting the areas of expertise of each of the three authors: concepts and ideologies, comparative politics, and InternationalRelations.This is an intellectually stimula...

Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester. Peter Ferdinand is Reader in Politics and International Studies at the Department of Politics and International Studies, and Director of the Centre for Studies in Democratisation, at the University of Warwick. Step...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.94 inPublished:January 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199231338

ISBN - 13:9780199231331

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Introduction: The Nature of Politics and Political AnalysisRobert Garner: Concepts and IdeologiesPolitics and the StatePolitical Power, Authority and the StateDemocracy and Political ObligationFreedom and JusticeTraditional IdeologiesChallenges to the Dominant IdeologiesPeter Ferdinand: Comparative PoliticsInstitutions and StatesLaw, Constitutions, and FederalismLegislatures and LegislatorsBureaucracies, Policy Studies, and GovernanceVotes, Elections, PartiesCivil Society, Interest Groups and the MediaPolitical CultureStephanie Lawson: International RelationsSovereignty, the State and International OrderTraditional Theories of International RelationsAlternative Approaches to International RelationsSecurity and InsecurityDiplomacy and Foreign PolicyInternational OrganizationsInternational Political EconomyConclusion