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1: Introduction: the nature of politics and political analysis 2: Politics and the State 3: Political Power, Authority, and the State 4: Democracy 5: Democracies, Democratization, and Authoritarian Regimes 6: Nations and Nationalism 7: The Ideal State 8: Ideologies 9: Political Economy: National and Global Perspectives 10: Institutions and States 11: Laws, Constitutions, and Federalism 12: Votes, elections, legislatures, and legislators 13: Political Parties 14: Executives, Bureaucracies, Policy Studies, and Governance 15: The Media and Politics 16: Civil Society, Interest Groups, and Populism 17: Security and Insecurity 18: Governance and Organizations in Global Politics 19: Conclusion

About the Author

Peter Ferdinand is Emeritus Reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Stephanie Lawson is Professor of Politics and International Studies at Macquarie University, Australia and Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.


Extremely well-written, fluid, and easily comprehensible... This book is a lot clearer than its competitors. * Cillian McGrattan, Ulster University *
A clearly written introduction to a complex subject that does not talk down to a student audience. * David Moon, University of Bath *
Dealing with contemporary issues and tensions, this book provides a very engaging introduction to the subject. * Edoardo Bressanelli, King's College London *
The authors' frequent references to particular states, international organizations, and non-state actors throughout certainly demonstrate its applicability to the real world. * Scott Fitzsimmons, University of Limerick *

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