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POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD introduces students to the diverse discipline of political science by providing a foundation for understanding political life in a systematic and comparative way. The text includes a combination of in-depth chapters on important concepts in political science and a series of brief country studies. POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD helps students to acquire not only a better understanding of the actors and institutions that play a part in diverse political systems, but to gain a sense of how and why they act in relation to one another, and what their actions mean for the political culture.
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. India: A Burgeoning Democracy. 17. Mexico: Balancing Stability and Democracy. Part V: International Relations. 18. Approaches to International Relations. 19. A Changing World Order. Part VI: Epilogue. 20. Political Prospects and Challenges at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century. Glossary . Index.