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Key Concepts in Politics

Concepts are the "tools" with which we think, criticize, argue, explain, and analyze. Political concepts are nothing less than building-blocks of political understanding: the political world means what our concepts tell us it means. But political concepts are notoriously slippery and subject to controversy. Indeed, political debate is often a debate about the correct use of political terms. This book provides an accessible and comprehensive guide to the major concepts encountered in political analysis. Each is defined clearly and fully, and its significance for political argument and practice is explored. The introduction explains how political concepts are used and why they are so often abused. The book is arranged thematically, in an easy to use way, to be a vital companion for students throughout their course of study, and especially useful as a revision aid.
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Table of Contents

The Uses and Abuses of Political Concepts.- Basic Concepts.- Ideologies.- Approaches.- Values.- Systems.- Structures.- Levels.- Further Reading.- Glossary of Political Thinkers.- Bibliography.- Index.

About the Author

ANDREW HEYWOOD is Director of Studies and Course Director for Politics at Orpington College. He is the author of Political Ideologies (second edition), Political Theory (second edition), and Key Concepts in Politics. He is an A-Level Chief Examiner in Government and Politics.

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