A Comparative Introduction to Political Science / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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Globally oriented, this thoughtfully executed book presents the concepts, frameworks, and interpretative tools for understanding the diverse range of political systems at work in our world today, from democratic to authoritarian. Prompting readers to ask 'What constitutes good government and how it can be achieved?' it introduces the dynamic worlds of political science, politics, and government, examines theories and methods of comparison and international relations, and focuses on both domestic and global factors in promoting change. Introducing the ideas which form the basis of political science, it compares culture, ideology, constitutions, government institutions, public administration, elections, and parties and interest groups among the world's 192 states. Exploring both international and domestic factors in politics, it discusses recent controversies such as the strategic environment, disarmament, North-South Politics, human rights, environmental, economic, and health questions. Chapters are organized to help readers learn to appreciate the rigorous relationship between concepts and empirical analysis - pairing a more 'general' chapter is followed by an empirically oriented chapter concerning all democratic and authoritarian countries. For those beginning work in the fields of civics, politics, government and international affairs.
Table of Contents
1. The World of Politics: Countries and Concepts.
2. Political Science Yesterday and Today.
3. The Modern State.
4. Modern States and Forms of Government.
5. Contemporary Forms of Government.
6. Political Culture: People and Politics.
7. Political Culture: Democratic and Authoritarian.
8. Modern Ideologies and Philosophies.
9. Modern Ideologies and Philosophies: Democratic and Authoritarian.
10. Constitutional Frameworks.
11. Constitutional Frameworks: Democratic and Authoritarian.
12. Design of Central Government Institutions: Leadership, Executives and Legislatures.
13. Design of Central Government Institutions: Democratic and Authoritarian.
14. Design of Civilian and Military Public Administration.
15. Design of Civilian and Military Public Administration: Democratic and Authoritarian.
16. Political Parties and Interest Groups.
17. Political Parties and Interest Groups: Democratic and Authoritarian.
18. Elections and Voting Behavior.
19. Elections and Voting Behavior: Democratic and Authoritarian.
20. Political Change: Development, Violence, Terrorism and Revolution.
21. Politics Among States.
Appendix: States of the World.