POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD introduces you to the diverse discipline of political science by providing a foundation for understanding political life in a systematic and comparative way. The text covers the fundamental political science subject areas (legislative, executive, judicial, and bureaucratic institutions, political parties, voting, interest groups, political culture and ideology), and then illustrates them in a series of brief country studies. Not only will POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD help you acquire a better understanding of the actors and institutions that play a part in diverse political systems, you will gain a sense of the political choices people make, the causes and consequences of war, and the stakes of politics.
Table of contents :
Preface. About the Authors.
Part I: FUNDAMENTALS.
1.Politics, Government, and Political Science. 2. Ideologies: Images of Political Life.
Part II: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR.
3. Political Culture and Socialization. 4. Public Opinion and Elections. 5. Political Parties. 6. Interest Groups.
Part III: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS.
7. Legislative Institutions. 8. Executive Institutions and Leadership. 9. Judicial Institutions. 10. Bureaucratic Institutions.
Part IV: POLITICS IN SELECTED NATIONS.
11. U.S. Government: The Dilemmas of Democracy. 12. Great Britain: A Traditional Democracy. 13. Russia: The Struggle for Democracy. 14. China: Searching for a New Vision. 15. The Politics of Developing Nations. 16. Mexico: Balancing Stability and Democracy.
Part V: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.
17. Approaches to International Relations. 18. A Changing World Order.
Part IV: EPILOGUE.
19. Political Prospects and Challenges at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century.