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Politics in a Changing World, 6th Edition

  • Marcus E. Ethridge University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Howard Handelman University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • ISBN-10: 1111832536  |  ISBN-13: 9781111832537
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2008, 2004
  • © 2013 | Published
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About

Overview

Providing a foundation for a comparative understanding of political life, POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD includes in-depth chapters on political science concepts (ideology, political culture, interest groups, governmental institutions, parties) followed by a series of brief country studies. The concepts and country studies help students acquire a better understanding of the actors and institutions that play a part in diverse political systems, how and why they act in relation to one another, and what their actions mean for the political system and its citizens. The Sixth Edition is thoroughly updated throughout, including coverage of the global economic crisis, the 2010 midterm elections in the US, the Conservative Party-Liberal Democratic Party coalition and the victory of a new Conservative Prime Minister in Great Britain, and the democratic upheavals in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world.

Features and Benefits

  • Coverage of the "The American Empire" concept and its relevance to international relations, along with analysis of the International Criminal Court and the impact of international law.
  • Chapters on elections, political culture, governmental institutions, interest groups, and ideology provide a thorough overview. Country study chapters combine historical perspective with a discussion of contemporary challenges and problems faced by each political system to present key topics in the context of actual political systems.
  • Diversity within the discipline is explained and celebrated as a strength: quantitative or qualitative; comparative or non-comparative; institutionalist or ideological; etc.
  • Case study chapters can be read after the general chapters or can be assigned as supplementary readings during discussions of particular topics in Parts One through Three.
  • Political economy is addressed where relevant throughout the text rather than in one section.
  • Country maps, bolded key terms, a glossary, Where on the Web? sections, and suggested reading lists help students master the material and explore further.

Table of Contents

Part I: FUNDAMENTALS.
1. Politics, Government, and Political Science.
2. Ideologies: Images of Political Life.
Part II: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR.
3. Political Culture and Socialization.
4. Public Opinion and Elections.
5. Political Parties.
6. Interest Groups.
Part III: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS.
7. Legislative Institutions.
8. Executive Institutions, Political Leadership, and Bureaucracy.
9. Judicial Institutions.
Part IV: POLITICS IN SELECTED NATIONS.
10. U.S. Government: The Dilemmas of Democracy.
11. Great Britain: A Traditional Democracy.
12. Russia: The Struggle for Democracy.
13. China: Searching for a New Vision.
14. The Politics of Developing Nations.
15. Mexico: Balancing Stability and Democracy.
Part V: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.
16. Approaches to International Relations.
17. A Changing World Order.

What's New

  • The content has been streamlined and shortened while maintaining its breadth and depth of coverage.
  • To better reflect the way you teach your course, the chapters on executive institutions and bureaucratic institutions have been combined into a new chapter called "Executive Institutions, Political Leadership, and Bureaucracy."
  • A new design provides a cleaner organization and places discussion questions after their appropriate places in the chapter.
  • The chapter on "The Politics of Developing Nations" includes a new case study on Kenya.
  • New "A Closer Look" boxes provide additional information on examples of chapter topics.
  • New coverage of the global economic crisis; the debate over health care reform in the US; discussion of far right, anti-immigration parties in Europe; US Action in Libya; the relationship between President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin in Russia; problems with China's health care system; enhanced discussion of human rights violations in China; an extended discussion of the War on Drugs and its effect on Mexican society; and much more.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"The text is well written in a clear, understandable way, that communicates articulately ideas that we as scholars desire to inculcate in students. It uses an approach that is interesting and well rounded. It is an approach that leaves students enriched, knowledgeable, and challenged."

— Joseph G. Njoroge, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

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— Brian Kupfer, Tallahassee Community College

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Test Bank with Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1111945969 | ISBN-13: 9781111945961)

A revised Instructor's Manual and Test Bank offer chapter key points, suggestions for class discussions, writing assignments, and exam questions to make course preparation easier. A set of book-specific PowerPoint® lectures make it easy for you to assemble, edit, publish, and present custom lectures for your course. The slides provide outlines specific to every chapter of POLITICS IN A CHANGING WORLD, 6E include tables, statistical charts, graphs, and photos from the book as well as outside sources. In addition, the slides are completely customizable for a powerful and personalized presentation. The Instructor's Manual/Test Bank and PowerPoint® lectures have all been updated with new material to reflect changes in the new edition.

CourseReader 0-30: Introduction to Political Science Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1133232167 | ISBN-13: 9781133232162)

CourseReader: Introduction to Political Science is a fully customizable online reader which provides access to hundreds of readings, audio, and video selections from multiple disciplines. This easy to use solution allows you to select exactly the content you need for your courses, and is loaded with convenient pedagogical features like highlighting, printing, note taking, and audio downloads. YOU have the freedom to assign individualized content at an affordable price. CourseReader: Introduction to Political Science is the perfect complement to any class.

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CourseReader 0-60: Introduction to Political Science Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133232132 | ISBN-13: 9781133232131)

The fully integrated CourseReader for WHY POLITICS MATTERS enables instructors to create a fully integrated customized reader for students and assign chapter specific readings. Students can even take notes, highlight, and print the content.

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CourseReader enables instructors to create a customized reader so that you buy only the readings that are assigned in class. With this online reader you can take notes, highlight, and print content in a convenient, modern, and economical way.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Marcus E. Ethridge

Marcus E. Ethridge is a professor and chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is a specialist in the study of American government, focusing on interest-group behavior, rational-choice theory, and administrative law. His publications include THE POLITICAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE, LEGISLATIVE PARTICIPATION IN IMPLEMENTATION, and numerous articles in the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, the JOURNAL OF POLITICS, and other journals. He is completing a new book tentatively entitled THE CASE FOR GRIDLOCK.

Howard Handelman

Howard Handelman is Professor Emeritus of the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He specializes in Latin American and Third World politics. His recent books include: THE CHALLENGE OF THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT (Third Edition), DEMOCRACY AND ITS LIMITS: LESSONS FROM ASIA, LATIN AMERICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (co-edited), and MEXICAN POLITICS: THE DYNAMICS OF CHANGE.