Political Science A Comparative Introduction

ISBN-10: 0230101143
ISBN-13: 9780230101142
Edition: 6th
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List price: $60.00
Edition: 6th
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 4/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Long established as the leading text in the field, the 8th edition has been comprehensively updated and rewritten. Accessible, student-friendly and truly international in its coverage, this edition has an improved structure and new material on methodology.

List of illustrative material
Preface
Guide to learning features
Guide to profiles
Studying Politics
Political concepts
What is politics?
Government or governance?
Classifying governments
Power
Authority and legitimacy
The state and sovereignty
Nations and nationalism
Ideology
Left and right
Learning resources
Theoretical approaches
The institutional approach
The behavioural approach
The structural approach
The rational choice approach
The interpretive approach
Conclusion
Learning resources
Research strategies
Case studies
Comparative studies
Qualitative comparisons
Quantitative analysis
Historical analysis
Learning resources
States and Regimes
The state
Emergence, expansion and restructuring
Security and surveillance
The post-colonial state
Collapsed states and state building
Beyond the state
Learning resources
Democracy
Direct democracy
Deliberative democracy
Representative democracy
Liberal and illiberal democracy
Waves of democratization
Learning resources
Authoritarian rule
The nature of authoritarian rule
Personal despots
Monarchs
Political parties
Presidents
Armed forces
Religious leaders
Learning resources
Political Mobilization
Political Culutre
Studying political culture
Political trust and social capital
Generational analysis and postmaterialism
Political culture in authoritarian states
Political culture in illiberal democracies
Elite political culture
A clash of civilizations
Learning resources
Political communication
Media development
Media structures
Media impact
Public opinion
The media in authoritarian states
The media in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Political participation
Participation in liberal democracies
Social movements
Participation in political violence
Participation in authoritarian states
Participation in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Elections and voters
Scope and franchise
Electing legislatures
Electing presidents
The referendum, initiative and recall
Turnout
Voting behaviour
Elections in authoritarian states
Elections in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Political parties
Party organization and membership
Selecting candidates and leaders
Membership and finance
The waning social base
Party systems
Parties in authoritarian states
Parties in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Interest groups
Classifying interest groups
Interest groups in liberal democracies
Channels of influence
Conditions of influence
Interest groups in authoritarian states
Interest groups in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Government and Governance
Constitutions and law
Constitutions
Judicial review and constitutional courts
Judicial activism
Judicial independence and recruitment
Administrative law
Law in authoritarian states
Law in illiberal democracies
Legal pluralism
Learning resources
Multilevel governance
Introducing multilevel governance
Federalism
The European Union: a special case
Unitary states
Regional governance
Local government
Central-local relations in authoritarian states
Central-local relations in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Legislatures
Structure
Functions
Committees
Membership
Legislatures in authoritarian states
Legislatures in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
The political executive
Presidential government
Parliamentary government
Semi-presidential government
The executive of the European Union
The executive in authoritarian states
The executive in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Public management
Evolution
Recruitment
Organization
Accountability
New public management
Public management in authoritarian states
Public management in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Public Policy
The policy process
Models of policy-making
Stages of the policy process
Policy instruments
Regulation
Public policy in authoritarian states
Public policy in illiberal democracies
Learning resources
Political economy
Foundations
Varities of capitalism
Convergence?
The political economies of authoritarian states
The political economies of illiberal democracies
Learning resources
References
Index

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