Modern Political Analysis

series
Longman
author
Robert A. Dahl / Bruce Stinebrickner
publisher
Pearson
cover
Softcover
edition
6
language
English
total pages
172
pub.-date
November 2002
ISBN13
9780130497024
ISBN
0130497029
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Description

For courses in Introduction to Political Science and Political Theory and Thought.

This authoritative analysis introduces the key concepts used by contemporary political scientists. Rigorous, concise, and tightly argued, it makes use of everyday and historical examples to illustrate important and challenging conceptual material. The authors use the core political phenomenon of influence as a springboard to explaining politics, government, state, political systems, democracy, and the like. Considerable attention is paid to democratic political systems and what has been learned about the conditions that facilitate or undermine democracy.

Features

  • NEW - Updated throughout to treat recent developments in political analysis.
    • Keeps students up-to-date on developments in the field.

  • NEW - Reorders materials in first five chapters for a more logical presentation-Begins with interesting historical examples of influence, followed by a more conceptual introduction of influence, then presentation of a definition of politics based on influence.
    • Makes it easier for students to follow the basic lines of authors' analysis.

  • NEW - Updates data on the world's political systems in Part II.
    • Shows students the relevance of the material by placing it in more recent context.

  • NEW - Simplified discussion of political evaluation in chapter 11-Deletes some of the more difficult intellectual history from the previous edition.
    • Helps students grasp the main points of this chapter more easily.

  • NEW - New concluding chapter 12 ("What Good is Modern Political Analysis?")-Incorporates recent work by political scientists showing the applicability of political science outside the academic world.
    • Reinforces the relevance of the material.

  • Discussion of the important differences between democratic and nondemocratic systems.
    • Gives students a more well-rounded understanding of today's political world.

  • Focus on power and influence and their relationship to politics-Uses concrete illustrations of people holding varying degrees of power, from the relatively powerless to the most powerful.
    • Gives students a consistent perspective from which to view the material.

New to this Edition

  • Updated throughout to treat recent developments in political analysis.
    • Keeps students up-to-date on developments in the field.

  • Reorders materials in first five chapters for a more logical presentation-Begins with interesting historical examples of influence, followed by a more conceptual introduction of influence, then presentation of a definition of politics based on influence.
    • Makes it easier for students to follow the basic lines of authors' analysis.

  • Updates data on the world's political systems in Part II.
    • Shows students the relevance of the material by placing it in more recent context.

  • Simplified discussion of political evaluation in chapter 11-Deletes some of the more difficult intellectual history from the previous edition.
    • Helps students grasp the main points of this chapter more easily.

  • New concluding chapter 12 ("What Good is Modern Political Analysis?")-Incorporates recent work by political scientists showing the applicability of political science outside the academic world.
    • Reinforces the relevance of the material.

Table of Contents

I. THE BASICS.

 1. Introducing Influence: Examples from the Least to the Most.
 2. What Is Influence?
 3. What Is Politics?
 4. What Is a Political System? A Government? A State?
 5. Revisiting and Appraising Influence.

II. POLITICAL SYSTEMS: SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES.

 6. Political Systems: Similarities.
 7. Political Systems: Differences.
 8. Differences: Polyarchies and Nonpolyarchies.
 9. Polyarchies and Nonpolyarchies: Explanation.

III. POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND POLITICAL EVALUATION.

10. Individuals' Participation in Politics.
11. Political Evaluation.

IV. POLITICAL ANALYSIS: TO WHAT ENDS?

12. What Good Is Modern Political Analysis?