Understanding Politics Ideas, Institutions, and Issues

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ISBN-13: 9780495797760
Edition: 9th 2011
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Book details

List price: $240.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.288

Thomas Magstadt earned his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the author NATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS: COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE, Sixth Edition, (Wadsworth Publishing, 2011), and AN EMPIRE IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: POWER AND PRINCIPLE IN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (CQ Press, 2004). He has also published numerous journal articles, policy papers, and op-ed pieces, and is a regular contributor to Nation of Change, an on-line daily newspaper. He has chaired political science departments at Augustana College (Sioux Falls) and the University of Nebraska (Kearney), and has taught at the Thunderbird School, the Air War College, and the University of Missouri--Kansas City. In the 1980s, he served for a time as a foreign intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic from 1994 to 1996. From 2007 to 2010, he lectured on the European Union at the University of Kansas.

Introduction: the Study of Politics
The Idea of the Public Good: Ideologies and Isms
Comparative Political Systems: Models and Theories
Utopias: Model States
Constitutional Democracy: Models of Representation
The Authoritarian Model: Myth and Reality
The Totalitarian Model: False Utopias
Established and Emerging Democracies
Parliamentary Democracy
States and Economies in Transition: Between Democracy and Yesterday
The Other World: Development or Anarchy?
Politics by Civil Means: Citizens, Leaders, and Policies
Political Socialization: the Making of a Citizen
Political Participation: the Price of Influence
Political Leadership: the Many Faces of Power
Issues in Public Policy: Principles, Priorities, and Practices
Politics by Violent Means: Revolution, War, and Terrorism
Revolution: in the Name of Justice
Terrorism: Weapon of the Weak
War: Politics by Other Means
Politics Without Government
International Relations: the Struggle for Power
International Organization(s): Globalization and the Quest for Order
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index

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