The Challenge of Politics: An Introduction to Political Science

The Challenge of Politics: An Introduction to Political Science

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The Challenge of Politics: An Introduction to Political Science by Neal Riemer, Douglas W. Simon, Joseph Romance

The Challenge of Politics introduces students to the fundamental questions of political science. With a distinctive normative approach that portrays politics as a potentially humanizing enterprise, authors Neal Riemer, Douglas W. Simon and Joseph Romance equip readers to recognize major forms of government, evaluate research findings, and understand how policy issues directly affect people’s lives. This comprehensive text balances classic and contemporary political theory with current events and empirical study. The Fifth Edition is fully revised to reflect recent national and international developments, including a new chapter on American Politics and Government. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506323497
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/17/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 1,043,585
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Neal Riemer (late) was the Andrew V. Stout Professor of Political Philosophy at Drew University. After receiving a PhD from Harvard University, he taught at the Pennsylvania State University; the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Innsbruck, Austria; and Drew University. His books include Problems of American Government (editor); World Affairs: Problems and Prospects (coauthor); The Revival of Democratic Theory; The Democratic Experiment; The Future of the Democratic Revolution: Toward a More Prophetic Politics; New Thinking and Developments in International Politics: Opportunities and Dangers (editor/coauthor); Karl Marx and Prophetic Politics; James Madison: Creating the American Constitution; Creative Breakthroughs in Politics; Let Justice Roll: Prophetic Challenges in Religion, Politics, and Society (editor/coauthor); and Protection Against Genocide: Mission Impossible (editor).


Douglas W. Simon is emeritus professor of political science at Drew University, where he specialized in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, international organization, and national security. After receiving a BA from Willamette University, he served as an officer in U.S. air force intelligence, including a tour in Vietnam. Following his military service he earned a PhD at the University of Oregon. After arriving at Drew, he directed the university’s Semester on the United Nations for fifteen years, served as convener of Drew’s Masters in International Affairs Program, and later was department chair. In addition to The Challenge of Politics, he is coauthor of New Thinking and Developments in International Politics: Opportunities and Dangers and has contributed to such publications as the Harvard Journal of World Affairs, East Asian Survey, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Notes, Teaching Political Science, and Society.


Joseph Romance is associate professor of political science at Fort Hays State University, teaching in the fields of American politics and political theory. He received a BA from the College of William and Mary and a PhD from Rutgers University. He is coauthor, with Theodore Lowi and Gerald Pomper, of A Republic of Parties: Debating the Two Party System; coauthor of and contributor to Democracy and Excellence: Conflict or Concord?; and coeditor of Democracy’s Literature. His articles and reviews have appeared in a number of journals, including American Review of Politics, The Responsive Community, Perspectives on Political Science, and Newsday. He has also contributed pieces to a number of edited volumes, including Progressive Politics in the Global Age and Friends and Citizens. He currently is working on a book about political foundings.

Table of Contents

Part I: Rules of the Game
Chapter 1: Games Politicians Play
The Game of Politics
Wipeout: The Politics of Destruction
Lion and Fox: The Politics of the Nation-State
Civil Disobedience: The Politics of Morality
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary of Terms
Chapter 2: Politics and Choice
Five Important Themes
Socrates and the Moral Life: Political Obligation in Ancient Athens
Madison, the New Republic, and Federal Theory: The Struggle for Creative Breakthrough in Modern Politics
The German Citizen and the Nazi Regime: Can Modern Citizens Bear the Burden of Freedom?
John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Perils of Choice in the Nuclear Age
The Decision to Invade Iraq: The Perils of Inaccurate Information and Faulty Assumptions
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary of Terms
Chapter 3: Political Science: Components and Controversies
The Basic Structure of Political Science
The Three Major Components of Political Science
The Four Major Tasks of Political Science
Continuing Controversies in Political Science
Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Glossary Terms
Chapter 4: The Physical, Social, and Cultural Envirionment of Politics
Propositions and Challenges
The Physical World We Live In
The Biological, Physiological, Psychological, and Social Creatures We Are
The Social Communities We Have Built
The Cultural Universe We Have Created
Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Glossary Terms
Part II: Political Philosophy and Ideology
Chapter 5: The Quest for the Good Political Life
Classical Greek Thought: The Search for Political Excellence
Christianity and the Good Political Life
The Renaissance: Niccolo Machiavelli and the Quest for a Virtuous Republic Modern Political Thought
Contemporary Political Philosophy
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Chapter 6: Liberal Democracy
Toward a Definition of Liberal Democracy
The Ideals of Liberal Democracy
The Sources of Liberal Democracy
Liberalism, Capitalism, and Democracy
Variations on the Liberal Democratic Theme
An Assessment of Liberal Democracy
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Chapter 7: Democratic Socialism and Communism: Ideologies of the Left
Democratic Socialism
The Sources of Democratic Socialism
Democratic Socialism as Political Ideology: Pro and Con
Communism
The Sources of Communism
Communism as a Political Ideology and Philosophy: Pro and Con
The Recent Past and Future of Democratic Socialism and Communism
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Part III: American, Comparative and World Politics
Chapter 8: Key Dilemmas: Political Form, Culture and Values
Some Key Terms Defined
Patterns For Cooperation, Accommodation, and Conflict Resolution
Democratic Constitutionalism
Constitutional Features
The Values of Nations as Political Actors
Popular Values
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary of Terms
Chapter 9: American Politics and Government
American Political Culture
American Political Institutions
Beyond the Constitution: Citizens, Media, Parties and Elections
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Chapter 10: Comparative Politics
Parliamentary Government
Authoritarian Government
Mixed Political Systems
Failed or Fragile States
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Chapter 11: International Politics and the Global Community
Post-World War II and Post-Cold War Challenges
Current Patterns in International Politics
Balance of Power
Domination
Multilateralism
Other Forms of Behavior: Neutrality, Nonalignment, and Isolation
Nonstate Actors
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Part IV: Political Judgment and Public Policy
Chapter 12: War and Peace in the Modern Age
Ethical and Empirical Factors
Alternative Approaches to a More Peaceful World
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Chapter 13: The Battle on Behalf of Human Rights
Clarifying the Problem
Ethical and Empirical Factors
Alternative Approaches to Securing Human Rights
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Chapter 14: The Struggle for Economic Well-Being
Defining Economic Well-Being
Ethical and Empirical Factors
Alternative Approaches to Economic Well-Being
The Critical Role of the International Community
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms
Chapter 15: The Imperative of Ecological Health
Ethical and Empirical Factors
Alternative Approaches to Ecological Health
Conclusion
Suggested Readings
Glossary Terms

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