Politics in a Changing World, 5th Edition / Edition 5

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Intended for those introductory political science courses where instructors are interested in using a comparative approach.
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Editorial Reviews

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"POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD is a superb comparative text that contains in addition to the essential themes of government and politics a number of illustrative cases, richly presented and thoughtfully analyzed."

"I particularly liked reading the 'text-boxes.' The section headings are well demarcated, making it very easy for students to follow the arguments."

"Ethridge and Handelman's textbook focuses on the issues that matter most to this course."

"This is a very useful and informative text. It covers key areas of political science such as political economy, culture and the role of ideologies. The 'Where on the Web?' boxes, discussion questions, etc. are very helpful and insightful."

"POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD is written at an appropriate level for introductory level college courses. Concepts are well-explained. Boxes and charts are useful. The data presented supports the issues discussed. The concepts, discussion questions, and Internet sites provided at the end of each chapter are a real plus."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495570486
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 644
  • Sales rank: 1,224,571
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus E. Ethridge is a professor and chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is a specialist in the study of American government, focusing on interest-group behavior, rational-choice theory, and administrative law. His publications include THE POLITICAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE, LEGISLATIVE PARTICIPATION IN IMPLEMENTATION, and numerous articles in the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, the JOURNAL OF POLITICS, and other journals. He is completing a new book tentatively entitled THE CASE FOR GRIDLOCK.

Howard Handelman is Professor Emeritus of the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He specializes in Latin American and Third World politics. His recent books include: THE CHALLENGE OF THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT (Third Edition), DEMOCRACY AND ITS LIMITS: LESSONS FROM ASIA, LATIN AMERICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (co-edited), and MEXICAN POLITICS: THE DYNAMICS OF CHANGE.

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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 VI: EPILOGUE. 19. Political Prospects and Challenges at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century. Glossary. Index.
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