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Introduction to Politics (5th edition)
Introduction to Politics (5th edition)

Introduction to Politics (5th edition)

Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, Stephanie Lawson
  • The only book to combine concepts and ideologies, comparative politics, and international relations in one volume, to provide a fully comprehensive introduction for undergraduates
  • Includes a wide range of contemporary and historical case studies from across the globe, helping to contextualise the material for students
  • The book moves beyond a descriptive narrative, taking an analytical approach that ensures students are challenged to form their own ideas and perspectives

New to this Edition:

  • Each chapter has been fully updated to reflect changes in the political landscape, including the Covid-19 pandemic, changing state responsibilities, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and threats to the international order
  • Includes further coverage of race, gender analysis, political institutions, climate change, and challenges to state power
  • New and updated learning features throughout the book introduce students to key concepts, key quotes, case studies, key thinkers, and key debates
  • Additional real-world, topical examples and case-studies, such as Russia's imperial history and its implication for contemporary global politics, are included to help students contextualise theories and approaches

Combining theory, comparative politics, and international relations Introduction to Politics 5e, provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject for first year undergraduate students. As the only introductory text to cover both comparative politics and international relations, it is the most authoritative and global introductory politics textbook on the market.
Written by three experts in the field, this book takes a balanced approach to the subject, serving as a strong foundation for further study. Assuming no prior knowledge, the authors use an accessible yet analytical approach which encourages critical analysis and debate, helping students to develop the skills that will be vital to their future studies and employment.
The new edition has been fully updated with additional up-to-date case studies and examples to help students relate their studies to real-world events. The fifth edition includes coverage of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global politics; provides an overview of Russia's imperial history, and the political economy of sanctions; a new section on decolonising political thinking; and additional examples from Non-Western settings throughout the text. This ensures that Introduction to Politics 5e is the most comprehensive, global, and essential guide for students new to the study of Politics.


1:Introduction: The Nature of Politics and Political Analysis
Part 1: Concepts and Ideologies
2:Politics and the State
3:Political Power, Authority, and the State
4:Democracy and Political Obligation
5:Freedom and Justice
6:Traditional Ideologies
7:Challenges to the Dominant Ideologies
Part 2: Comparative Politics
8:Institutions and States
9:Political Culture and Non-Western Political Ideas
10:Laws, Constitutions, and Federalism
11:Votes, Elections, Legislatures, and Legislators
12:Political Parties
13:Executives, Bureaucracies, Policy Studies, and Governance
14:Civil Society, Interest Groups, and the Media
15:Democracies, Democratization, and Authoritarian Regimes
Part 3: Global Politics
16:Introducing Global Politics
17:Traditional Theories in Global Politics
18:Critical Approaches to Global Politics
19:Security and Insecurity
20:Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
21:International Organizations in Global Politics
22:Global Political Economy
23:Conclusion: Towards a Globalizing, Post-Western-Dominated World

About the author: 

Robert Garner is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Peter Ferdinand
is an Emeritus Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Stephanie Lawson
is Honorary Professor of Politics and International Studies at Macquarie University, Honorary Professor of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, and Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg.

Product details

ISBN : 9780192847713

Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, Stephanie Lawson
680 Pages
189 x 246 mm
Pub date
Feb 2023
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Introduction to Politics (5th edition)

Introduction to Politics (5th edition)

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