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Politics: An Introduction

3rd Edition

By Barrie Axford, Gary K. Browning, Richard Huggins, Ben Rosamond, John Turner

Routledge – 2011 – 624 pages

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Description

The text gives undergraduate students a very thorough introduction to political theory, political ideologies, political behaviour, the policy process and political institutions although it obviously also has some coverage of British politics, the EU and international relations.

The new edition is revised and updated throughout since the last edition (2002) and has the following new features:

  • Case studies on the global financial crisis, global environmental policy, innovations in President Obama’s election campaign, and security /counter terrorism
  • A more thorough analysis of the centrality of power to our understanding of the political and its impact on politics
  • Expanded coverage of political institutions illustrated by case studies highlighting their role in the operations of civil society and the state.
  • A wider discussion of governance, including territorial, multi-level and global governance
  • An engagement with the emergence of global civil society and the new forms of political participation and activity made possibly by innovations in information and communication technologies
  • A highlighting of issues of identity and citizenship in a social, national and transnational context
  • An emphasis on the international and global dimensions of theory and the increased influence of political Islam
  • A critical account of the challenges to sovereignty posed by the shift from the territorial nation-state and the renewed challenges of globalization

Reviews

From the 1st edition: 'Has a strong appeal because it is up-to-date, organised in a way that is well suited to a reading program for a seminar and has helpful teaching devices like the "think points". In addition its language is at an appropriate level for beginners.' - Ruediger Schmitt-Beck, Mannheim University, Germany

'A comprehensive introduction to political ideology which is effectively written and easy to use.' - J. Shenton, Salford University College, UK

'Clear layout, good exercises, concise text without being superficial. A good introductory text - one of the better ones I have come across.' - Philip Verrill, Chichester Higher Education Institute, UK

'Particularly useful because it covers theories and concepts in an accessible manner for an introductory text but is not dependent on the current situation.' - M. Parnell, Napier University, UK

Contents

Introduction Part 1: People and Politics 1. The Individual and Politics 2. Political Socialisation 3. Political Culture 4. Political Particpation 5. Democracy and Democratization Part 2: Politics and Ideas 6. Concepts and Issues 7. Political Thought 8. Political Ideologies Part 3: Government and Governance 9. The Politics of Influence and Representation 10. The Media and Politics 11. The State and Territorial Politics 12. The Machinery of Territorial Government 13. From Government to Governance (Multi-level Governance and Networked Governance) 14. Transformation of States in Contemporary World Politics Part 4 Politics Beyond the Nation State 15. Politics Above the Nation 16. Processes of Globalization and Globality

Author Bio

Barrie Axford, Gary K Browning and Richard Huggins, are Professors at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Ben Rosamond is a Professor of Politics at Warwick University, UK.

Name: Politics: An Introduction: 3rd Edition (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Barrie Axford, Gary K. Browning, Richard Huggins, Ben Rosamond, John Turner. The text gives undergraduate students a very thorough introduction to political theory, political ideologies, political behaviour, the policy process and political institutions although it obviously also has some coverage of British politics, the EU and...
Categories: Politics & International Relations, Introductory Politics, Political Theory