The authors emphasize the role of the individual in politics, and the interplay between the personal, the national and the global. This interactive text includes think points, exercises and extracts as well as illustrative material.This stimulating and user-friendly text is designed to meet the needs of students taking introductory courses in politics and the social sciences.
By taking the widest definition of what is political it offers unrivalled coverage of the subject including chapters on political sociology, political institutions, the state, political parties and associations, political thinkers, political ideologies and international and global politics.The second edition of this user-friendly text for students taking introductory courses in politics builds on the success of the first edition. It provides completely updated and stimulating coverage of topics essential to the understanding of contemporary politics. Ideal for students taking combined degrees at introductory level in politics and the social sciences, it emphasises the individual and social dimension of politics and covers theories and concepts in an accessible way. New features in the second edition include:* new examples drawn from Western democracies and other political systems* expanded sections on nationalism, religion, alternative politics, globalisation and ethnic conflict* updated examples from the most contemporary political events* biographies of key political thinkers and figures.'An immensely useful text; it should do well with undergraduates both at home and abroad.' - Bill Jones, University of Manchester, UK 'Let me express my unqualified enthusiasm for a comprehensive introductory text that really does succeed. It is challenging because it encourages students to think about issues and concepts in a fresh and analytically precise way. It is superior in range, style and accessibility.' - Robert Eccleshall, Queen's University, BelfastThe second edition of this user-friendly text for students taking introductory courses in politics provides completely updated and stimulating coverage of topics essential to the understanding of contemporary politics.
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