Politics in a Changing World

ISBN-10: 1111832536

ISBN-13: 9781111832537

Edition: 6th 2013

List price: $199.95
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Providing a foundation for a comparative understanding of political life, POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD includes in-depth chapters on political science concepts (ideology, political culture, interest groups, governmental institutions, parties) followed by a series of brief country studies. The concepts and country studies help students acquire a better understanding of the actors and institutions that play a part in diverse political systems, how and why they act in relation to one another, and what their actions mean for the political system and its citizens. The Sixth Edition is thoroughly updated throughout, including coverage of the global economic crisis, the 2010 midterm elections in the US, the Conservative Party-Liberal Democratic Party coalition and the victory of a new Conservative Prime Minister in Great Britain, and the democratic upheavals in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world.
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Book details

List price: $199.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Howard Handelman is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Preface
About the Authors
Fundamentals
Politics, Government, and Political Science
Politics and Government Defined
Government Functions
Kinds of Governments
The Stakes of Politics
Politics in a Changing World
Conclusion: Why Study Political Science?
Ideologies: Images of Political Life
Liberalism and Conservatism
Capitalism
Marxism
The Political Relevance of Marxist Ideology
Socialism
Other Ideologies
Conclusion: Ideology Shapes Political Community and Political Conflict
Political Behavior
Political Culture and Socialization
Political Culture: Origins of the Concept
Agents of Political Socialization
Classifying Political Cultures
The Evolution of Political Cultures
Conclusion: The Utility of Political Culture
Public Opinion and Elections
Influences on Public Opinion and Voting Choice
Voter Turnout
The Electoral Process and Campaign Money
Electoral Systems
Public Opinion Polling
Conclusion: Elections and Public Opinion-The People's Voice?
Political Parties
What Are Political Parties?
The Functions of Political Parties
The Origins of Political Parties
Party Systems
Types of Political Parties
Conclusion: Parties in a Changing World
Interest Groups
Interest Groups: What They Are and How They Work
The Power of Interest Groups
The Growth of Interest Groups
How Interest Groups Are Formed
Conclusion: Interest Groups-A Challenge for Democracy?
Political Institutions
Legislative Institutions
Lawmaking
Legislatures: Features, Functions, and Structure
Representation
Party Responsibility and Legislative Behavior
The Changing Role of Modern Legislatures
Executive Institutions, Political Leadership, and Bureaucracy
The Functions of Executive Institutions
Kinds of Executive Institutions
Limits on Executive Power
Approaches to Executive Leadership
Bureaucratic Institutions
What Is Bureaucracy?
Bureaucratic Functions
The Growth of Bureaucracy
Bureaucracy Evaluated
Bureaucracy and Democracy
Can Bureaucracy Be Improved?
Executives and Bureaucracies-From Policy Leadership to Policy Implementation
Judicial Institutions
Judicial Functions
Justice and the Political System
Kinds of Law
Judicial Institutions: Structure and Design
Judicial Decisions and Public Policy
Perspectives on Judicial Policy Making
Politics in Selected Nations
Some Critical Approaches and Issues
Great Britain and the United States: Developed Democracies
Russia and China: Past and Present Communist Giants
Mexico: A Developing Nation
U.S. Government: The Dilemmas of Democracy
The Founding Period
Governmental Institutions
Participation in U.S. Politics
U.S. Politics: Prospects and Challenges
Great Britain: A Traditional Democracy
The Relevance of British Politics
Contemporary British Society and Political Culture
Political Parties and Voting
Interest Groups
The Structure of Government
Public Policy and the British Economy
Conclusion: Great Britain in the Twenty-First Century
Russia: From Authoritarianism to Democracy and Back
The Relevance of the Russian Experience
The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism
The Birth of a New Political System
Restructuring the Economy
Russia in the Early Years of the Twenty-First Century: The Putin Presidency and Beyond
The Concentration of Political Power
Conclusion: The Transition to Democracy Derailed
China: Searching for a New Vision
The Relevance of Chinese Politics
The Chinese Revolution and Its Origins
The Evolution of Chinese Politics and Society
Reforming the Chinese Economy
China's Political System
Conclusion: China's Uncertain Future
The Politics of Developing Nations
The Meaning of Underdevelopment
Theories of Underdevelopment and Development
Sources of Political Conflict
Problems of Political Participation
Women in Third World Society and Politics
Third World Political Institutions
Conclusion: Recent Developments and Future Trends
Mexico: The Birth Pangs of Democracy
The Relevance of Mexican Politics
Mexico's Formative Years and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution
The Postrevolutionary Order
The Making of a Modern Economy
The Struggle for Political Development
Conclusion: A Developing Democracy
International Relations
Approaches to International Relations
International Relations versus Domestic Politics
Idealists and Realists
War and International Relations
Foreign Policy Decision Making
International Political Economy
International Law and Organization
Ethics and International Relations
Conclusion: War, Trade, Foreign Policy, and the Stakes of International Politics
A Changing World Order
From the End of the Cold War to the Beginnings of an Uncertain Future
Policing Trouble Spots: A New World Order or a World without Order?
The Changing Nature of the International Arms Race
Current Trends in World Trade: Economic Unification and Beyond
North-South Relations
Protecting the Environment
Human Rights
Women's Rights
International Terrorism
Conclusion: The Changing Face of International Relations
Glossary
Index
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