This is the fourth in Salem's "Survey of Social Science" series, following sets on economics, psychology, and sociology that were published in 1991, 1993, and 1994, respectively. The 342 articles here cover politics, history of government and politics, political philosophy, functions of government, state and local government, economic issues, law, religion and government, civil rights, comparative government, international politics, and more. Emphasizing North America, particularly the United States, the lengthy entries offer an overview of the topic, definitions of major terms, applications, context (historical, geographical, philosophical), and brief bibliographies. A glossary defines about 500 terms. The 190 contributors are academics, as is the consulting editor; series editor Magill is a well-known editor of reference books. This work has been successfully designed for general readers, undergraduates, and nonspecialists. Currently the only comprehensive encyclopedia for the field, it provides a valuable foundation for general knowledge or student papers in political science through easy-to-understand language and careful explanation. The Encyclopedia of Government and Politics (Routledge, 1992), edited by Mary Hawkesworth and Maurice Kogan, is a more selective general encyclopedia for a more sophisticated audience. Numerous specialized encyclopedias are available as well. This set is a useful source for all public and academic libraries.-Mary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs.
The fourth set in the Survey of Social Science, following sets on economics, psychology, and sociology. While the scope of the set has no geographical or chronological boundaries, the bulk of articles emphasize North American institutions, politics, and governments, with particular attention to the US. The 342 articles average six pages in length and follow the familiar, comfortable Magill ready-reference format. The articles fall into 13 areas: civil rights and liberties; comparative government; economic issues; functions of government; history of government and politics; international government and politics; law and jurisprudence; local and regional government; military; political philosophy; politics (general); religion and government; and types of government. For students and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)