Identity, Interest, and Ideology: An Introduction to Politics

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Overview

In politics, individual political behavior is often ascribed to class and ethnic identity. How does this happen? In this text, Needler shows how the individual constructs his or her political identity, and develops ideologies that guide their political behavior. Intended as an alternative to traditional introductory texts in politics and political science, this book is, at the same time, a survey and introduction to political theory, a survey and introduction to comparative and American politics, and a review of contemporary international relations. These topics are combined in a novel and creative way so as to provide a readable and informative text for undergraduate students or laypersons. The author's fresh approach will be welcomed by teachers in politics and political science.

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An introduction to the basic principles of American politics (not political theory) and its manifestations of political patterns created to serve the common good. Needler (Dean, international studies, U. of the Pacific) elegantly maps the intersections of politics with culture, ideology, legitimacy, bureaucracy, economic policy, international relations, and military security. Each discussion also points to key figures and concepts which are side barred for additional discussion, and the cartoons beginning the chapters are really funny (not just cute). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275954413
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN C. NEEDLER is Dean of the School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1 Politics and Power 3
Ch. 2 Democracy, Authoritarianism, and Political Culture 17
Ch. 3 Ideology 31
Ch. 4 Legitimacy, Disobedience, and Revolution 47
Ch. 5 Political Development 67
Ch. 6 Elections, Parties, and Interest Groups 85
Ch. 7 Constitutions and Constitutional Principles 103
Ch. 8 Parliamentary and Presidential Systems 117
Ch. 9 Bureaucracy 131
Ch. 10 Economic Policy 145
Ch. 11 International Relations 165
Ch. 12 Nationalism, Imperialism, and Hegemony 179
Ch. 13 International Law, International Organization, and Diplomacy 193
Ch. 14 Military Security 205
Ch. 15 The Rise and Fall of the Cold War 219
Conclusion: Past, Present, Future 231
Suggested for Further Reading 237
Index 243
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