Introduction to Politics

Robert Garner; Peter Ferdinand; Stephanie Lawson

Combining theory, comparative politics, and international relations, Introduction to Politics provides a perfect introduction to the subject for students embarking on university-level study. As the only introductory text to cover both comparative politics and international relations, and contextualise this material with a wide range of international examples, it is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and global introductory politics textbook on the market. Written by three experts in the field, this book takes a balanced approached to the subject, serving as a strong foundation for further study. The material is explored in an accessible way for introductory study, but takes an analytical approach which encourages more critical study and debate, helping students to develop the vital skills they need for a politics degree. An Online Resource Centre accompanies this text, and includes a range of resources for both students and lecturers. For students - Learn more about the people behind the theory with the 'Key Thinkers' resource. - Test your understanding of the chapter content and receive instant feedback with self-marking multiple-choice questions. - Revise key terms and concepts with an online flashcard glossary. For registered lecturers - Encourage students to think critically with political scenario exercises. - Reinforce key themes from each chapter with suggested discussion questions for use in seminars. - Use the adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for a lecture presentation, or as hand-outs in class. - Save time preparing assessments and seminars with a fully updated test bank of questions.


Part 1: Concepts and IdeologiesRobert Garner:
1 Politics and the State
2 Political Power and Authority
3 Democracy and Political Obligation
4 Freedom and Justice
5 Traditional Ideologies
6 Challenges to the Dominant Ideologies

Part 2: Comparative PoliticsPeter Ferdinand:
7 Institutions and States
8 Laws, Constitutions and Federalism
9 Votes, Elections, Legislatures, and Legislators
10 Political Parties
12 Executives, Bureaucracies, Policy Studies and Governance
12 The Media, Civil Society and Interest Groups
13 Democracies, Democratization and Authoritarian Regimes

Part 3: Global PoliticsStephanie Lawson:
14 International Global Politics
15 Traditional Theories in Global Politics
16 Critical Approaches to Global Politics
17 Security and Insecurity
18 Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
19 International Organizations in Global Politics
20 Global Political Economy

Conclusion: Towards a Globalizing, Post-Western-Dominated World


Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.; Peter Ferdinand is a Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.; Stephanie Lawson is Professor of Politics and International Studies at Macquarie University, Australia.