Introduction to politics

Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, Stephanie Lawson

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Bringing together an expert team of authors, 'Introduction to Politics' provides an intellectually stimulating yet accessible introduction to politics that takes current global realities into account. The text is divided into three sections that reflect the authors' expertise: concepts and ideologies, comparative politics, and international relations. Moving beyond a descriptive narrative, the authors take an analytical approach that introduces students to the debates and inherent complexities of the topics covered. Adopting an international perspective, 'Introduction to Politics' avoids a focus on Western democracies and assumptions of liberal democratic supremacy, instead illustrating points by using examples from a wide range of places including the Islamic states, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. One third of the book is dedicated to international relations, and the authors also examine transnational factors and forces throughout. 'Introduction to Politics' is enhanced by excellent pedagogical features including case-study boxes, numerous practical examples, readers' guides, key points, cross-references, a guide to further reading, and a glossary. An innovative companion website features additional case studies and a variety of resources for both students and instructors.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford ; New York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199231331
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Political science
  • International relations


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