Politics: An Introduction

Paperback | August 27, 2013

byGeorge A. MacLean, Duncan R. Wood

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George MacLean is professor in the Department of Political Studies and associate dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba. Duncan Wood is director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He is also full professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Auton...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.6 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Studying PoliticsWhy Study Politics?What Is Politics?Approaches Used in the Study of PoliticsPolitics and Our Everyday LivesDivision and Connection in a Changing WorldDomestic and International PoliticsCitizens and Canada2. Finding a Common Vocabulary: Political ConceptsPolitical OrganizationPolitical ActionValuesIdentity3. Political Thought, Philosophy, and IdeologyWhat Is Political Philosophy?The History of Political ThoughtIdeologyLiberal ThoughtSocialismNationalismOther Systems of Thought- Conservatism- Feminism- Environmentalism- Fascism- Anarchism- Political Islam- Confucian Political ThoughtThe Relevance of Ideas4. The Role of GovernmentWhat Do Governments Do?Some Shared Objectives of GovernmentSome Activities of GovernmentSchools of Thought Regarding the Role of GovernmentForms of Political SystemsLiberal DemocracyAuthoritarianismTotalitarianismGovernment and Canada5. Branches of GovernmentInstitutions of GovernmentThe ExecutiveThe Legislature- Legislative Structures- Legislative FunctionsThe Judiciary- Constitutionality Ruling- Judicial Legal Interpretation- Judicial Dispute AdjudicationThe BureaucracyPresidential and Parliamentary SystemsInstitutions of GovernmentGovernment in Canada- Canadian Federalism- Canadian Courts and the Constitution- The Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Individual Citizens- Canadian Law6. Political SystemsDistributing Power within the State: To Centralize or Share?Unitary SystemsFederal SystemsCanadian Federalism: An Evolving History- The Division of Powers- The Evolution of Canadian Federalism- Quebec and Canadian Federalism7. Political Participation: Elections and PartiesDemocracy and VotingTypes of Electoral SystemsPolitical PartiesElection CampaignsCampaign FinancingDirect Democracy and the ReferendumElections and Political Parties in Canada8. Political Socialization and CulturePolitical CulturePolitical SocializationPublic OpinionThe Media and PoliticsCivil Society and Non-Governmental OrganizationsThe Participation of Private Actors in the Decision-Making ProcessPolicy CommunitiesInterest GroupsLobbyingCorporatismCanadian Political Culture and Socialization9. Politics in Developed StatesWhat Are Developed States?A Brief PostWar History of the "Developed World"Post-Industrialization and Political AuthorityCases:- Canada- The United States- Japan- The European Union10. Politics in Developing StatesPolitical and Social DevelopmentEconomic DevelopmentThe Link between Political and Economic DevelopmentPopulation GrowthThe Role of International OrganizationsChina: The Politics of an Emerging Global PowerChina's Political System- Chinese History: The Heritage of Imperialism and Revolution- The Origins of Modern China- Chinese Economic Reform- Future Challenges for ChinaMexico: The Challenges of Democratization- History- Mexico's Political System- The Mexican Presidency- The Mexican Congress- Elections in Mexico- The Mexican Economy- Economic Liberalisation and Openness- Organized Crime, Drugs, and Public Security- The Future of MexicoIndia: Politics and Development in the World's Largest Democracy- History- India's Political System- Indian Development- The Future of IndiaMali- The History of Mali: From Empire to Independence- The People of Mali- The Political System- The Future of Mali11. International Politics and Foreign PolicyInternational Politics, International Relations, Foreign Policy, and the StateThe International SystemActors in World PoliticsGlobalizationCompeting Approaches to International PoliticsProcess and Cooperation: The Liberal ApproachRejecting Realism: The Marxist ApproachPerception and PoliticsDiplomacy and Foreign Policy- Geography- Natural Resources- Population- Technological Development- Internal Political Structures and ProcessesCanada and the World12. International SecuritySecurity and InsecurityWar in International RelationsTerrorismHumanitarian InterventionismPeacekeeping, Conflict Management, and ResolutionCanada in Afghanistan13. International Political EconomyWhat Is IPE?The Perspectives of IPEEconomic InterdependenceInternational Economic Co-OperationThe World Trading System- The Growth of Trade Since 1846- The GATT- The WTO- Present and Future Challenges for TradeThe International System of Money and Finance- The Bretton Woods System- The Latin American Debt Crisis- The New International Finance and the Crises of the Late 1990s- The Global Financial Crisis 2008Economic RegionalismOil and Oil PricesMultinational Corporations14. ConclusionWhat Have We Learned?Where Do We Go from Here?NotesGlossaryIndexNote: Each chapter includes:- Introduction- Learning Objectives- Conclusion- Self-Assessment Questions- Web Links- Further Reading

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"This textbook is a welcome addition. The authors are on the cutting edge of what is going on in the study of politics." --Terry L. Chapman, Medicine Hat College