This program provides a general, comparative introduction to the major concepts and themes of political science. The title of the book, Power & Choice, indicates a subsidiary theme that recurs at intervals. We may view politics as (1) the use of power or (2) the production of a public choice. Often one or the other is heavily emphasized in approaching the subject. Marxism emphasizes politics as the use of power, while pluralism and much formal modeling work emphasize the emergence of public choices.
New information on judicial review, accountability, and political culture feature the latest updates on these important topics.
Feature : Four new end-of-chapter examples: democracy in Venezuela, constitution-writing in South Africa, interest groups in Bangladesh, and the “Battle of Seattle” as an example of social movements’ political action.
Feature : Thorough updating--including topics such as the EU constitution, the worldwide economic crisis of 2008-2009, the hindering of dissent in Russia, Proposition 8 in California, and the new elections in Nigeria and Indonesia--ensures that these important, relevant issues are incorporated into the learning experience.
An appendix, "Principles of Political Analysis," provides a basic introduction to principles of analysis, located in the appendix to allow instructors to incorporate this material at appropriate points throughout the course.
Chapter-ending lists of websites direct students to additional resources where they can explore topics further.
Comprehensive glossary provides short definitions of all core concepts, with a page reference directing students to the fuller discussion in which the concept was introduced.
Concision and brevity of presentation allow for the use of additional class materials in a standard semester-length course.
Consideration of terrorism and its impact on global politics, includes a discussion of Religion and Politics with a section on "Terrorism" and treatment of the Iraq constitution.
In-depth examples from varying countries illustrate the themes developed in each chapter, demonstrating to students the full complexity of politics. For example, Chapter 3, "The Modern State," ends with detailed sections on the European Union and the Nigerian state.
Topic-based organization allows students to make thematic connections across countries and cultures.
Feature : Discussion of authority and legitimacy has been moved forward to the first chapter where politics is introduced, and the chapter that had previously included those topics has been remade to focus strictly on political culture and political socialization. Proof : Chapter 1
Redesigned presentation of states’ policies in Chapter 4, using a common set of seven states for comparison across all tables. Proof : Chapter 4
Examples features have been updated to include State-Building in Nigeria, Economic Policy in Germany, Canada's Political Parties, Interest Groups in France, The Law in China, and many many more.
Boxed Features have been updated to include Karl Marx and Socialism, Baumol's Disease, Are Regime Changes Contagious?, Presidential Leadership, Banning Land Mines, and many many more.
Table of Contents Part I The Idea of Politics
CHAPTER 1 Politics: Setting the Stage
CHAPTER 2 Modern Ideologies and Political Philosophy
Part II The State and Public Policy
CHAPTER 3 The Modern State
CHAPTER 4 Policies of the State
CHAPTER 5 Economic Policy of the State
CHAPTER 6 What Lies Behind Policy: Questions of Justice and Effectiveness
Part III The Citi zen and the Regime
CHAPTER 7 Democracies and Authoritarian Systems
CHAPTER 8 Political Culture and Political Socialization
Part IV The Apparatus of Governance
CHAPTER 9 Constitutions and the Design of Government
CHAPTER 10 Elections
CHAPTER 11 Parties: A Linking and Leading Mechanism in Politics
CHAPTER 12 Structured Conflict: Interest Groups and Politics
CHAPTER 13 Social Movements and Contentious Politics
CHAPTER 14 National Decision-Making Institutions: Parliamentary Government
CHAPTER 15 National Decision-Making Institutions: Presidential Government
CHAPTER 16 Bureaucracy and the Public Sector
CHAPTER 17 Law and the Courts
Part V International Politics
CHAPTER 18 Global Politics: Politics among States (and Others) APPENDIX Principles of Political Analysis