Understanding the Political World: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science / Edition 8

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Understanding the Political World offers a personal writing style and a comparative perspective that illuminates how politics works on individual, group, national, and global levels.

Both students and instructors praise this best-selling introduction to political science. Students value the book's relevance to their experience in today's world; its engaging, highly readable writing style; and the many intriguing examples (including more than 60 found in boxed discussions) from every part of the world that make concepts more vivid and memorable. The numerous political cartoons, photographs, maps, and analytic diagrams effectively sustain students' interest and illuminate key concepts. Instructors appreciate the comprehensive and clear coverage of important theories and concepts and the logical manner in which the text explores many of the interesting questions addressed by political scientists.

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Editorial Reviews

An introduction to the world of politics and the ways in which political scientists attempt to describe and explain it. Using a strong comparative framework, material links central analytical concepts of political science that have emerged over decades of research to the realities of the political world in the early 21st century. Black and white photos depicting current events around the world, lively boxed features, and cartoons engage readers and encourage them to think like political scientists. Danziger teaches at the University of California-Irvine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“Danziger has written the perfect book for an introduction to political science. Presenting a full range of domestic and international issues plus detailed scenarios that make students think critically, he balances the academic approach to political science with the practical need to be fluent in real world politics.”–Krista Wiegand, Georgia Southern University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321391315
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

James N. Danziger is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, where he also has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, campus-wide Dean of Undergraduate Education, Chair of the Academic Senate, and Associate Director of the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations. He is recipient of many honors and awards, including a Marshall Scholarship (to Great Britain), a Foreign Area Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa, and an IBM Faculty Award. He received the first UC Irvine Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Teaching in 1987 and the UC Irvine Distinguished Service Award in 1997. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, and he has held visiting appointments at the universities of Aarhus (Denmark), Pittsburgh, and Virginia. His research has received awards from the American Political Science Association and the American Society for Public Administration. He has published extensively, particularly on information technology and politics, and he is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research. He has also been an active participant in local politics.
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Table of Contents

Boxed Features
To the Reader
About the Author
Pt. 1 On Knowing the Political World 1
Ch. 1 Politics and Knowledge 3
Pt. 2 Political Behavior 25
Ch. 2 Political Beliefs 27
Ch. 3 Political Actions 51
Ch. 4 Influences on Beliefs and Actions 77
Pt. 3 Political Systems 103
Ch. 5 States and Nations 105
Ch. 6 Political Institutions I: Structures 131
Ch. 7 Political Institutions II: Institutional Arrangements 155
Ch. 8 Political Economy 187
Pt. 4 Political Processes 211
Ch. 9 Politics as a Value Allocation Process 213
Ch. 10 Political Communication 235
Ch. 11 Change and Political Development 257
Ch. 12 Political Violence 285
Pt. 5 Politics among States 307
Ch. 13 Politics between States 309
Ch. 14 The More Developed Countries in the Post-Cold War World 339
Ch. 15 The Transitional Developed Countries in the Post-Cold War World 369
Ch. 16 The Developing Countries in the Post-Cold War World 405
Ch. 17 The Last Chapter: Looking Backward, Looking Forward 447
App Political Analysis 459
References 473
Credits 487
Index 489
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