Politics: An Introduction
Routledge – 2011 – 624 pages
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:
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
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
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.