Human Polity A Comparative Introduction to Political Science

ISBN-10: 0618425241

ISBN-13: 9780618425242

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Brief Edition)

Authors: Kay Lawson
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Description: This abridged edition offers the same personal, engaging introduction to political science as the full-length text in a shorter formatideal for professors who incorporate outside readings into their courses. Topics include the nature of politics, political institutions, behavior, and ideologies within a comparative framework. Lawson's accessible writing style aids student comprehension and makes difficult concepts and unfamiliar terms understandable through clear explanations and an end-of-text glossary of key terms. A shift from a state-centered emphasis on interdependence to a broader look at globalization runs throughout the text and includes new material on global organizations such as the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO. In addition, most chapters feature new topics, including terrorism worldwide; the roots of terrorism and how nations guard against it; and post-9/11 issues in the U.S. such as civil rights and public health. New! Questions to Consider sections at the end of each chapter prompt discussion to review key points and problems. New! Internet resources broaden the reach of the text. Examples of gender issues, ethnicity, religious choices, and neo-nationalism help to enhance the diversity coverage throughout the text.

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List price: $171.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 5/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Note: Each chapter includes a Summary and Conclusion, and Questions to Consider
The Work of Political Science in an Era of Globalization
Political Science in an Era of Globalization
Political Science and the Human Polity
The Subjects of Political Science
The Work of Political Science
Shaping Political Thought
Political Ideologies
What Is an Ideology?
Is an Ism Always an Ideology?
Beyond Ideology
Politics and Culture
The Political Culture of the Nation-State
Cultural Bases of Subnationalism
Impact of Cultural Divisiveness on the Nation-State
Explaining Commitment to a Subnational Group: Identity Theory
Cultural Dissemination of Political Values: Political Socialization
Acting in Politics
The Individual in Politics
Individual Motives for Participation in Politics
Participation by Voting in Elections
Access: How Welcome Is Individual Participation?
Organizing for Politics: The Group
Interest Groups
Violent Revolutionary Organizations
Political Parties
Political Parties as a Unique Form of Political Organization
The Functions of Political Parties
Party Organization
The Members of Parties
The Selection of Candidates
Preparing the Campaign
Executing the Campaign: Parties and the Media
Parties in Government
The Role of Parties Today
Acting in International Politics
Actors Shaping International Politics
Contemporary Issues of International Politics
Resolving International Conflicts
Governing Nation-States
Making the Laws
The Legislature
The Relationship Between Legislative and Executive Power
Representation: Legislators and Their Constituents
Lawmaking by Other Institutions of Government
Making Government Work: Executives and Bureaucrats
What Chief Executives Do
The Bureaucracy
Too Much Government? Or Too Little?
Public Policy
What Is a Public Policy?
Determinants of Public Policy: The Role of Circumstance
Three Examples of Public Policy
Justice Under the Law
What Is Justice?
Choosing Credible Judges
An Independent Judiciary: Theory and Practice
Guidelines for Adjudication: The Kinds of Kinds of Law
Regional Variations in the Rule of Law: Legal Cultures
Levels of Government Within the State
The Nature of Subnational Government
Unitary and Federal Political Systems
Intermediate Levels of Government
Governing the World
International and Regional Governments
Treaties
Regional Organizations
International Organizations
Political and Economic Globalization
Prospects for Global Democracy
Kinds of Transitions
International Agents of Economic Globalization
Impact of Economic Globalization on National Economies
Glossary
Index
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