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Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues, 11th Edition

  • Thomas Magstadt European Studies Program, University of Kansas
  • ISBN-10: 1285452356  |  ISBN-13: 9781285452357
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2009
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

"Politics is a gateway to a broader and better understanding of human nature, society, and the world." This idea has inspired each edition of UNDERSTANDING POLITICS: IDEAS, INSTITUTIONS, AND ISSUES. Thomas Magstadt's book provides in-depth coverage of contemporary political issues and calls attention to the more enduring underlying questions. With its intense and engaging "politics are pertinent" theme and its current, cutting-edge coverage, the Eleventh Edition fascinates students with its coverage of three fundamental premises: 1) politics is a pervasive force in modern society; 2) government is too critically important to be left in the hands of a few; and 3) everyone has both the opportunity and the obligation to participate in public life in a democracy. The Eleventh Edition of UNDERSTANDING POLITICS focuses on such vital concepts as democracy, dictatorship, citizenship, voting behavior, elections, leadership, ideologies, war, revolution, world politics, and public policy.

Features and Benefits

  • The Eleventh Edition continues to feature the effective, foundation-building approach to the study of politics and government by identifying then describing and explaining political phenomena (such as war and terrorism) to grab students' attention.
  • Magstadt's emphasis on the common threads among major political ideas, issues, and institutions helps students make sense of the political and economic world.
  • Boxed features such as: "Ideas and Politics," "Maps that Matter," and "Landmarks in History" provide students with the background information to help conceptualization.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Study of Politics.
2. The Idea of the Public Good: Ideologies and Isms.
PART I: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS: MODELS AND THEORIES.
3. Utopias: Model States.
4. Constitutional Democracy: Models of Representation.
5. The Authoritarian Model: Myth and Reality.
6. The Totalitarian Model: A False Utopia.
PART II: ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING DEMOCRACIES.
7. Parliamentary Democracy.
8. States and Economies in Transition: Between Democracy and Yesterday.
9. Development: Myths and Realities.
PART III: POLITICS BY CIVIL MEANS: CITIZENS, LEADERS, AND POLICIES.
10. Political Socialization: The Making of a Citizen.
11. Political Participation: The Limits of Democracy.
12. Political Leadership: The Many Faces of Power.
13. Issues in Public Policy: Politics, Principles, Priorities, and Practices.
PART IV: POLITICS BY VIOLENT MEANS: REVOLUTION, WAR, AND TERRORISM.
14. Revolution: In the Name of Justice.
15. War: Politics by Other Means.
16. Terrorism: Weapon of the Weak.
PART V: POLITICS WITHOUT GOVERNMENT.
17. World Politics: The Struggle for Power.
18. International Organization(s): Globalization and the Quest for Order.
ENDNOTES.
GLOSSARY.
INDEX.

What's New

  • UNDERSTANDING POLITICS, Eleventh Edition, has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout to reflect the ever-changing global political landscape in a streamlined, yet comprehensive presentation.
  • New examples and updates throughout include: Super PAC spending on elections in Chapter 11 (including updated statistics), medical marijuana, domestic terrorism, and gun legislation in Chapter 13, the changing political powers in China in Chapter 5, the evolving political landscape in the Euro-community in Chapter 7, and coverage of Aung San Suu Kyi and her movement in Chapter 12.
  • Provided background material as needed for subject areas or topics to provide better context for students.
  • Expanded non-American-centric topics to provide a more global approach to politics.
  • Replaced most photos with new, current, and sometimes thought-provoking images.
  • Eliminated preferential treatment of any subject area or topic.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Thomas Magstadt

Thomas Magstadt earned his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the author NATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS: COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE, Sixth Edition, (Wadsworth Publishing, 2011), and AN EMPIRE IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: POWER AND PRINCIPLE IN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (CQ Press, 2004). He has also published numerous journal articles, policy papers, and op-ed pieces, and is a regular contributor to Nation of Change, an on-line daily newspaper. He has chaired political science departments at Augustana College (Sioux Falls) and the University of Nebraska (Kearney), and has taught at the Thunderbird School, the Air War College, and the University of Missouri--Kansas City. In the 1980s, he served for a time as a foreign intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic from 1994 to 1996. From 2007 to 2010, he lectured on the European Union at the University of Kansas.