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  1. Featured Textbook: Islam and Politics

    "This work incisively examines a subject of intense public and policy interest. Ranging widely across issues and regions, Islam and Politics provides an unerring guide to Islamism and the impact of globalization from above and protest from below. The analysis is always illuminating, the writing accessible and balanced." - James Piscatori, Professor of International Relations, Durham University, UK.

  2. Featured Textbook: Political Psychology

    "This second edition of Houghton’s Political Psychology easily places the book as the new standard text for introductory courses as well as general reading for both practicing and lay social scientists. The book is well written, engaging, and informative, and explains the psychology of the political world for what it is: a complex relationship between individuals and the political situations in which they find themselves."

    —David C. Wilson, University of Delaware

  3. Geopolitics

    An Introductory Reader
    By Jason Dittmer and Jo Sharp

    Using academic and political material, this book establishes the foundations of geopolitics and introducing readers to the continuing significance of the concept in the 21st century. Click here to read more.

  4. Note from the Authors of International Political Economy in the 21st Century

    Following the positive response to our first edition of International Political Economy in the 21st Century: Contemporary Issues and Analyses, and in order to make this a truly contemporary text we are pleased to have been asked to produce a second edition. We have taken the opportunity to not only update all of the original chapters but we have also added three additional chapters on Health, Migration and Labour. Feedback on the first edition indicates that it has been adopted as a core text or recommended reading at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This reflects both the accessibility and sophistication of analysis which make this an introductory text as well as suitable for higher levels of study. In updating this text we have also taken into account the different approaches to understanding and teaching theories and methodologies in US and European institutions.

  5. Note from Robert McKeever and Philip Davies, authors of Politics USA

    We are delighted to announce the publication of the third edition of Politics USA. As with previous versions of the book, Bob McKeever and Phil Davies offer a comprehensive analysis of contemporary American politics. Including an examination of the historical, social and economics roots of American government, they enable readers to understand the both the continuities and the changes that explain today’s political dynamics.

  6. Note from Bill Jones and Philip Norton, Authors of Politics UK, 8th Edition

    Politics UK was first conceived as a multi-authored first US style mega textbook on British politics around the late 1980s. It took three years to knock it into shape but when it was published in 1990 its success helped transform the style and content of such textbooks. Soon there were three or four rival big texts, though none outsold the original. Over the years several of the original authors went on to other things, leaving the two of us to continue carrying the flashlight.

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  7. Note from Brian Glenn - Author of The American Welfare State: A Practical Guide

    I wanted faculty to have a concise and representative source for their students to learn about the public programs available to poor households—what we oftentimes call “the American welfare state.” Professors typically know their own specialization—be it housing or medical programs—but it is very difficult for a specialist to understand all the programs.

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  8. Citizen's Guide Constitution

    A Citizen’s Guide to the Constitution and the Supreme Court in Law and Politics Book Review

    A Citizen's Guide to the Constitution and the Supreme Court by Morgan Marietta, was reviewed in Law and Politics Book Review by Stephen A. Simon.

    Here is an excerpt: "One of the book’s significant strengths is that it is user-friendly."

    Click on the headline above to read an excerpt of the review.  A link to the full review is also available.

  9. PARM

    Note from the Authors of Public Administration Research Methods

    We are pleased to announce the release of our new textbook Public Administration Research Methods: Tools for Evidence-based Practice and Evaluation. Public service is at a precarious time. Government employees are subject of great criticism related to a general skepticism toward the use agencies as tools to achieve social goals. But at the same time, there is also considerable optimism about the use of analytic techniques to tackle complicated problems and improve public management. As a result, it is an important time to invest in effective training in research methods.


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  10. Perspectives

    Note from Cal Jillson and Dave Robertson - co-editors of Perspectives on American Government, 2nd Ed

    We are thrilled to announce the publication of a new edition of Perspectives on American Government (Routledge 2014). We are pleased by the broad support that the first edition of Perspectives received and grateful to all of those who worked with us to improve this new edition. Perspectives provides supplementary readings for any American Government text, but it works especially well with Cal Jillson’s text, American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change (8th edition available for Spring 2015). Click on the links below to request an exam copy of either book or both books.


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