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This book introduces beginning students to the broad issues of political science through a general survey rather than the study of a particular country. The authors acquaint students with the intellectual enterprise of analyzing politics by presenting the vocabulary of classic political theory and contemporary political science, and introducing the major figures in the history of political analysis, from the ancients to leading social critics of our time. They illustrate each concept with an actual political example current enough to engage students' attention and emotions.
Part 1 PART I: THE LANGUAGE OF POLITICS Chapter 2 Coming to Grip with Politics Chapter 3 The Evolution of Political Thought Chapter 4 Classifying Political Systems Part 5 PART II: POLITICS AND SOCIETY Chapter 6 Public Opinion, Polling, and Political Culture Chapter 7 Interest Groups and Political Parties Chapter 8 Elections, Campaigns, and Voting Part 9 PART III: STRUCTURES OF GOVERNMENT Chapter 10 The Age of the Executive? Legislative Assemblies Chapter 11 Bureaucracies and Politics Chapter 12 The Role of Courts and Judges Part 13 PART IV: PROBLEMS OF POLITICAL CHANGE Chapter 14 International Relations: The Arms Race Chapter 15 Superpower Relations Chapter 16 Stability and Change Chapter 17 Change in a Communist Political System: The U.S.S.R. Chapter 18 Conclusion: Seeing Politics Whole