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Understanding Politics Ideas, Institutions and Issues

ISBN-10: 0534603815

ISBN-13: 9780534603816

Edition: 6th 2003

Authors: Thomas M. Magstadt

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UNDERSTANDING POLITICS is solidly based on three fundamental beliefs: 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. Building on these beliefs, Thomas Magstadt seeks to "educate to participate"--giving students the confidence and competence to affect change in the world around them. This proven, best-selling introductory text examines the complexities of politics and government in a way that students will find immediately fascinating. Magstadt focuses on such pertinent concepts as democracy, dictatorship, citizenship, voting behavior, elections, leadership, ideologies, war, revolution, world politics, and public policy. Because these concepts are fundamental to the text, the book provides students with a view of the political and economic that is at once lucid, nuanced, and empowering.
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Book details

List price: $88.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 7.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
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 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
Comparative Political Systems
Utopias: Model States
Constitutional Democracy: the Revolution of Representation
Authoritarian States: Traditional Rule
Totalitarian States: Failed Utopias
Established and Emerging Democracies
Parliamentary Democracy
States in Transition: New Democracies and Emerging Markets
Developing Countries: Democracy or Dictatorship?
Politics By Civil Means
Political Socialization: the Making of a Citizen
Political Participation: the Price of Influence
Political Leadership: the Many Faces of Power
Approaches to the Public Good: Ideologies and Isms
Issues in Public Policy: Principles, Priorities, and Practices
Politics By Violent Means
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 Politics: the Struggle for Order
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index
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