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The Human Polity: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science 5th Edition

Kay Lawson

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1997, 1993
  • 624 Pages


This mainstream text for introductory political science course familiarizes students with the discipline by taking a comparative approach to topics such as the nature of politics, political institutions, behavior, and ideologies. The text takes a broader look at globalization and the role of non-governmental actors, such as multinational corporations and transnational organizations like the U.N.

Kay Lawson, San Francisco State University

Note: Each chapter ends with a Summary and Conclusion and Questions to Consider.
I. The Work of Political Science in an Era of Globalization
1. Political Science in an Era of Globalization
Political Science and the Human Polity
The Subjects of Political Science
The Work of Political Science
II. Shaping Political Thought
2. Political Ideologies
What Is an Ideology?
Is an Ism Always an Ideology?
Beyond Ideology
3. Politics and Culture
The Political Culture of the Nation-State
Culture Bases of Subnationalism
Impact of Cultural Divisiveness on the Nation-state: Yugoslavia and Canada
Explaining Commitment to a Subnational Group: Identity Theory
Cultural Dissemination of Political Values: Political Socialization
III. Acting in Politics
4. The Individual in Politics
Individual Motives for Participation in Politics
Measuring Motives
Modes of Individual Participation
Participation by Voting in Elections
Access: How Welcome Is Individual Participation?
5. Organizing for Politics: The Group
Interest Groups
A Special Problem of Interest Group Behavior: Extraconstitutionalism
Violent Revolutionary Organizations
6. Political Parties
Political Parties as a Unique Form of Political Organization
The Functions of Political Parties
The Origins of Political Parties
Party Organization
The Members of Parties
The Selection of Candidates
Preparing the Campaign
Executing the Campaign: Parties and the Media
Parties in Government
Types of Parties
Types of Party Systems
The Role of Parties Today
7. Acting in International Politics
Actors Shaping International Politics
Contemporary Issues International Conflicts
Actors Resolving International Conflicts
IV. Governing Nation-States
8. Making the Laws
Lawmaking in the Legislature
The Relationship Between Legislative and Executive Power
Representation: Legislature and Their Constituents
Cameras, Committees, and Customs: Other Variations in Legislatures
Lawmaking by the Executive
Lawmaking by Judges
Lawmaking by Political Parties
9. Making Government Work: Executives and Bureaucrats
Becoming a Leader
Leaving Power
What Chief Executives Do
The Bureaucracy
Too Much Government? Or Too Little?
10. Public Policy
What Is a Public Policy?
What Determines What Public Policy Will Be?
Public Policies Today
11. Justice Under the Law
What Is Justice?
Choosing Credible Judges
An Independent Judiciary: Theory and Practice
Guidelines for Adjudication: The Kinds of Kinds of Laws
Regional Variations in the Rule of Law: Legal Cultures
Convergence of Legal Systems
12. Levels of Government within the States
The Nature of Subnational Government
Unitary, Federal, and Confederal Political Systems
Intermediate Level of Governments
Dilemmas of Subnationalilsm
V. Governing the World
13. International and Regional Government
The History andTypes of International Government
How International Relations Changed After World War II
The Contemporary International System
14. Political and Economic Globalization
Prospects for Global Democracy
Kinds of Transitions
International Agents of Economic Globalization
Impact of Economic Globalization on National Economies