Introduction to Politics (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780198820611

Robert Garner; Peter Ferdinand; Stephanie Lawson
600 ページ
189 x 246 mm
  • The only book to combine concepts and ideologies, comparative politics, and international relations in one volume, to provide a fully comprehensive introduction for undergraduates
  • A wide range of contemporary and historical case studies from a variety of countries help students to place the theory in a real-world context
  • The authors move beyond a descriptive narrative, taking an analytical approach that ensures students are challenged to form their own ideas and perspectives
  • Complemented by a bounty of online resources for both lecturers and their students

New to this Edition:

  • A new Chapter 9 on non-Western approaches to politics helps students to build a more diverse understanding of political culture, institutions and actors, with a particular focus on China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Iran, Turkey and Russia
  • New coverage of populism in Chapter 7 introduces students to this complex and controversial ideology
  • Additional real-world, topical examples and case-studies help students contextualise theories and approaches

Combining theory, comparative politics and international relations, Introduction to Politics, Fourth Edition, provides the most comprehensive introduction to the subject for first year undergraduate students, with the most global perspective.
Written by three experts in the field, this book takes a balanced approached 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 vital skills they need for future studies and employment.
The new edition has been fully updated with additional case studies and examples to help students to understand how key theories and principles apply in the context of real-world events. New to the fourth edition is a chapter on 'Non-Western Approaches', which helps students to bring more diverse perspectives to their study of politics. Furthermore, additional coverage of populism has been included, to reflect current events and developments in discourse. This ensures that Introduction to Politics, Fourth Edition is the most contemporary, relevant 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 Approaches to Politics
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


Robert Garner, Professor of Politics, University of Leicester

Peter Ferdinand, Emeritus Reader in Politics and International Relations, University of Warwick

Stephanie Lawson, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University