Understanding Politics, 10th Edition

  • Thomas Magstadt European Studies Program, University of Kansas
  • ISBN-10: 1111832560
  • ISBN-13: 9781111832568
  • 592 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2009, 2006
  • © 2013 | 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 gives due attention to contemporary political issues and calls attention to the more enduring underlying questions. With its strong, engaging "politics are pertinent" theme and its current, cutting-edge coverage, the Tenth Edition fascinates students with its coverage of three fundamental premises: 1) politics is a pervasive force in modern society; 2) government is too 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. In a streamlined and condensed Tenth Edition, UNDERSTANDING POLITICS focuses on such vital concepts as democracy, dictatorship, citizenship, voting behavior, elections, leadership, ideologies, war, revolution, world politics, and public policy.


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Features/Benefits

  • The Tenth Edition features an 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.

What's New

  • Shorter in length, UNDERSTANDING POLITICS has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the ever-changing global political landscape in a more condensed, streamlined, yet comprehensive presentation.
  • New box features such as: "Ideas and Politics," "Maps that Matter," and "Landmarks in History" give students the background information to help conceptualization.
  • New examples and updates throughout include: the death of Osama bin Laden, India in Chapters 7 and 9; the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of northern Japan in 2011; the 2011 UK referendum proposing to change the way British voters elect MPs; the crisis of political literacy in the United States; and the landmark Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that effectively gives corporations and wealthy individuals a green light to give unlimited sums to favored political candidates and campaigns.
  • Chapter content updates include: China surpassing Japan as the world's largest economy, the Russian rivalry between Mikhail Khordorkovsky and Vladirimir Putin, and the changes globalization has brought to countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
  • Magstadt focuses on the impact of technology on the emerging world order and on governments worldwide. New highlights include the role of the Internet in political socialization in Chapters 10, 11, and 12. Chapter 11 ("Political Participation: The Price of Influence") contains a new section on "The Internet Revolution." Chapter 12 ("Political Leadership") brings to light the new role of social networks in politics, demonstrated and exemplified by young computer savvy political activists like Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian Google executive who was instrumental in using Facebook to set the stage for the anti-Mubarak uprising in Cairo.

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Table of Contents

1. 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: False Utopias.
PART II: ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING DEMOCRACIES.
7. Parliamentary Democracy.
8. States and Economies in Transition: Between Democracy and Yesterday.
9. Least Developed Countries: Fragile Nations, Failed States.
PART III: POLITICS BY CIVIL MEANS: CITIZENS, LEADERS, AND POLICIES.
10. Political Socialization: The Making of a Citizen.
11. Political Participation: The Price of Influence.
12. Political Leadership: The Many Faces of Power.
13. Issues in Public Policy: 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.
Index.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

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.

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