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Via 99 entries or "mini-chapters," the SAGE 21st Century Reference Series volumes on political science highlight the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in this field ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook serves as an authoritative reference source that meets students' research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but not so much jargon, detail, or density as a journal article or a research handbook chapter.
An editorial advisory board comprised of eminent scholars from various subfields, many of whom are also award-winning teachers, selected the most important general topics in the discipline. The two volumes are divided into six major parts: 1) General Approaches of Political Science; 2) Comparative Politics; 3) International Relations; 4) Political Science Methodology; 5) Political Thought; and 6) American Politics. A section on identity politics includes chapters on topics such as Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Gender and Politics; Religion and Politics; and LGBT Issues/ Queer Theory. This two-volume resource makes fairly complex approaches in political science accessible to advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students.
About the Author
John Ishiyama (Ph.D., Michigan State University) has been at Truman State University since 1990. His teaching interests include comparative political development, democratization and political parties, and political methodology. His research focuses on political party development in new democracies and empirical assessments of pedagogy. He has published three books and 72 journal articles (in Social Science Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Party Politics, Europe Asia Studies, etc.) as well as book chapters and reviews on democratization and development of political parties. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Council on Undergraduate Research and the African Studies Association. He is a recipient of the 2003-2004 National Carnegie Scholar Award, the 2003 Governor’s award for excellence in teaching, and other awards for teaching. In 2004, he was named the Carnegie Foundation/CASE Missouri Professor of the Year. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Political Science Education and is on editorial boards of the journals Party Politics and Controversia. He is President of the International Studies Association-Midwest for 2006-2007. Dr. Ishiyama divides his time between teaching classes and serving as Director of the Mc Nair Program at Truman State University.
Marijke Breuning (Ph.D., Ohio State University) has been at Truman State University since 1995. Her teaching interests include International Relations, Comparative Foreign Policy, International Organization, and European Politics. Her research interests include comparative foreign policy, foreign aid and development cooperation, and ethnic politics. She is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Society of Political Psychology, and the European Union Studies Association. She is has served on the executive committees and is Past President of the APSA Foreign Policy Division, the ISA Midwest region, and the ISA Foreign Policy Analysis section. She has published articles in, among other journals, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, and International Politics, and has co-authored a book with John Ishiyama. Together with Dr. Ishiyama, she edits the Journal of Political Science Education. She is also part of the ISA editorial team of Foreign Policy Analysis.