Bringing together an expert team of authors, 'Introduction to Politics' provides an intellectually stimulating yet accessible introduction to politics that takes current global realities into account. The text is divided into three sections that reflect the authors' expertise: concepts and ideologies, comparative politics, and international relations. Moving beyond a descriptive narrative, the authors take an analytical approach that introduces students to the debates and inherent complexities of the topics covered. Adopting an international perspective, 'Introduction to Politics' avoids a focus on Western democracies and assumptions of liberal democratic supremacy, instead illustrating points by using examples from a wide range of places including the Islamic states, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. One third of the book is dedicated to international relations, and the authors also examine transnational factors and forces throughout. 'Introduction to Politics' is enhanced by excellent pedagogical features including case-study boxes, numerous practical examples, readers' guides, key points, cross-references, a guide to further reading, and a glossary. An innovative companion website features additional case studies and a variety of resources for both students and instructors.
Machine derived contents note: ntrodliction Robert Garner 1 -- Part 1 Concepts and Ideologies Robert Garner -- 1 Politics and the State 25 -- 2 Political Power, Authority, and the State 48 -- 3 Democracy and Political Obligation 69 -- 4 Freedom and Justice 91 -- 5 Traditional Ideologies 113 -- 6 Challenges to the Dominant Ideologies 136 -- Part 2 Comparative Politics Peter Ferdinand -- 7 institutions and States 161 -- 8 Law, Constitutions, and Federalism 184 -- 9 Legislatures and Legislators 206 -- 10 Bureaucracies, Policy Studies, and Governance 230 -- 11 Votes, Elections, Parties 251 -- 12 Civil Society, Interest Groups, and the Media 275 -- 13 Political Culture 298 -- Part 3 International Relations s:ep anie La'vso -- 14 Sovereignty, the State, and International Order 323 -- 15 Traditional Theories of International Relations 345 -- 16 Alternative Approaches to International Relations 366.