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Understanding Politics Ideas, Institutions, and Issues

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ISBN-10: 0534601529

ISBN-13: 9780534601522

Edition: 7th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Thomas M. Magstadt

List price: $174.95
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UNDERSTANDING POLITICS, the proven, best-selling introductory text for Introduction to Political Science, examines the complexities of politics and government in a way that students will find immediately fascinating. Solidly based on three fundamental premises?that politics is a pervasive force in modern society, that government is too important to be left in the hands of the few, and that in a democracy everyone has both the opportunity and the obligation to participate in public life?the text builds on these beliefs, and seeks to "educate to participate." UNDERSTANDINING POLITICS focuses on such pertinent concepts as democracy, dictatorship, citizenship, voting behavior, elections,…    
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List price: $174.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.200
Language: English

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…    

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 in Transition: Between Democracy and Yesterday
Developing Countries: Democracy or Dictatorship?
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): The Struggle for Order
Glossary Acknowledgments
Index