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Politics: An Introduction (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780199027521

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¥12,595
Author: 
George A. MacLean; Duncan R. Wood; Lori Turnbull
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496 Pages
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203 x 254 mm
Pub date
Apr 2020
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Accessible and engaging throughout, this introductory text examines politics from a Canadian, comparative, and international perspective. Guiding students through the basics of political ideologies and institutions before moving on to more complex concepts, this text covers essential questions regarding politics, such as who has power in society and why, how might groups participate in political activity, how can we distinguish among so many types of political systems, how is wealth distributed, and why is conflict so prevalent in the world today?

This newly updated edition includes new coverage of populism, the rebirth of protectionist nationalism, and the politics of climate change, and continues to use current examples and case studies from Canada and around the world.

Index: 

List of Boxes

Preface

Features

Chapter 1 Studying Politics

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Power and Politics

Why Study Politics?

What Is Politics?

Approaches Used in the Study of Politics

Political Studies and Our Daily Lives

Division and Connection in a Changing World

Domestic and International Politics

Citizens and Canada

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 2 Finding a Common Vocabulary: Political Concepts

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Political Organization

Political Action

Values

Identity

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 3 Political Thought, Philosophy, and Ideology

Learning Objectives

Introduction

What Is Political Philosophy?

The History of Political Thought

Ideology

The Left-Right Spectrum

Liberal Thought

Neoliberalism

Conservatism

Socialism

Nationalism

Other Systems of Thought

Feminism

Post-Colonialism

Environmentalism

Fascism

Anarchism

Political Islam

Confucian Political Thought

The Relevance of Ideas

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 4 The Role of Government

Learning Objectives

Introduction

What Do Governments Do?

What Can Cause a Government to Fail?

Some Shared Objectives of Government

Some Activities of Government

Schools of Thought Regarding the Role of Government

Objectives of Political Systems

Constitutions: The Basic Law

Liberal Democracy

Authoritarianism

Totalitarianism

Government and Canada

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 5 Branches of Government

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Institutions of Government

The Executive

The Legislature

Legislative Structures

Legislative Functions

The Judiciary

Constitutionality Ruling

Judicial Legal Interpretation

Judicial Dispute Adjudication

The Bureaucracy

Presidential and Parliamentary Systems

Government in Canada

Canadian Federalism

Canadian Courts and the Constitution

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Individual Citizens

Canadian Law

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 6 Political Systems

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Distributing Power within the State: To Centralize or Share?

Unitary Systems

Federal Systems

Canadian Federalism: An Evolving History

The Division of Powers

The Evolution of Canadian Federalism

Quebec and Canadian Federalism

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 7 Political Participation: Elections and Parties

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Democracy and Voting

Types of Electoral Systems

Political Parties

Election Campaigns

Campaign Financing

Direct Democracy and the Referendum

Elections and Political Parties in Canada

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 8 Political Socialization and Culture

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Political Culture

Political Socialization

Public Opinion

The Media and Politics

Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organizations

The Participation of Private Actors in the Decision-Making Process

Policy Communities

Advocacy Groups

Lobbying

Corporatism

Canadian Political Culture and Socialization

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 9 Politics in Developed States

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Comparative Politics

What are Developed States?

A Brief Postwar History of the Developed World

Post-Industrialization and Political Authority

Case Studies

Canada

The United States

South Korea

The European Union

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 10 Politics in Developing States

Learning Objectives

Introduction

A Note about Terminology

Political and Social Development

Democracy and Political Development

The Role of the Military

Health Care

Economic Development

The Link between Political and Economic Development

Population Growth

The Role of International Organizations

China: The Politics of an Emerging Global Power

China's Political System

Chinese History: The Heritage of Imperialism and Revolution

The Origins of Modern China

Chinese Economic Reform

Future Challenges for China

Mexico: The Challenges of Democratization

History

Mexico's Political System

The Mexican Presidency

The Mexican Congress

A Brief History of Elections in Mexico

The Mexican Economy

Economic Liberalization and Openness

Organized Crime, Drugs, and Public Security

The Future of Mexico

India: Politics and Development in the World's Largest Democracy

History

India's Political System

Indian Development

The Future of India

Afghanistan: The Legacies of Conflict in a Developing State

The History of Modern Afghanistan

The People of Afghanistan

The Political System of Afghanistan

The Future of Afghanistan

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 11 International Politics and Foreign Policy

Learning Objectives

Introduction

International Politics, International Relations, Foreign Policy, and the State

The International System

Actors in World Politics

Globalization

Competing Approaches to International Politics

Power Politics: The Realist Approach

Process and Co-operation: The Liberal Approach

Rejecting Realism: The Marxist Approach

Perception and Politics

Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Geography

Natural Resources

Population

Technological Development

Internal Political Structures and Processes

Canada and the World

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 12 International Security

Learning Objectives

Introduction

Security and Insecurity

War in International Relations

Terrorism

Humanitarian Interventionism

Peacekeeping, Conflict Management, and Resolution

Canada in Afghanistan

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 13 International Political Economy

Learning Objectives

Introduction

What is IPE?

The Perspectives of IPE

Economic Interdependence

International Economic Co-operation

The World Trading System

The Growth of Trade since 1846

The GATT

The WTO

Present and Future Challenges for Trade

The International System of Money and Finance

What Is the International Monetary System?

What Is the International Financial System?

The Bretton Woods System

The Latin American Debt Crisis

International Finance and the Late 1990s Crisis

The Global Financial Crisis, 2008

Economic Regionalism

The New NAFTA

Oil and Oil Prices

Multinational Corporations

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Chapter 14 Conclusion

Learning Objectives

Introduction

What Have We Learned?

Where Do We Go from Here?

Conclusion

Self-Assessment Questions

Weblinks

Further Reading

Film and Video Clips

Notes

Glossary

Index

About the author: 

George A. MacLean is vice-president academic and professor in the Department of Political Science at University of New Brunswick. He is a specialist in International Politics, focusing on foreign policy, political economy, and security. He was a professor of Political Studies at University of Manitoba, where he held adjunct appointments in the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, served as department head from 2005-2011, and associate dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, from 2011-2014. He was listed by Maclean's magazine as one of the top professors at University of Manitoba. He is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching and research, and is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books. He has published in Canada and abroad, presented lectures in the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, and Asia. He has been contracted with the Canadian Government on matters of foreign and security policy, and has appeared before Senate and House of Commons hearings.; Duncan R. Wood is director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, he was a professor and the director of the International Relations Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City for 17 years. He has been a member of the Mexican National Research System, an editorial advisor to both Reforma and El Universal newspapers, and is a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica. In 2007, he was a non-resident Fulbright Fellow. He has been a Senior Associate with the Simon Chair and the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He is a recipient of the Canadian Governor Generals Visit Award for contributions to the Mexico-Canada relationship. His work and research areas center on immigration and comparative politics, and North American relations. He has published extensively on cross-border transactions and politics.; Lori Turnbull is associate professor at the Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University. She is a past winner of the Donald Smiley Prize (awarded annually by the Canadian Political Science Association to the best book published in a field relating to the study of government and politics in Canada), and the Donner Prize (awarded annually to the best public policy book by a Canadian). She is the co-author of two monographs, as well as book chapters in volumes published by University of Toronto Press, McGill-Queens University Press, and Routledge. She has published articles in the Canadian Political Science Review; Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law; and Canadian Public Administration among others. Her major areas of research are Canadian parliamentary governance, political ethics, elections, electoral systems, and public engagement. She has also recently worked as a seconded policy advisor for the Privy Council Office.

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