Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues 12th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1305629905
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Publisher: Cengage Learning; 12 edition (January 1, 2016)
“Politics is a gateway to a broader and better understanding of human nature, society, and the world.” This idea has inspired each edition of UNDERSTANDING POLITICS: IDEAS, INSTITUTIONS, AND ISSUES. Thomas Magstadt’s book provides in-depth coverage of contemporary political issues and calls attention to the more enduring underlying questions. With its intense, engaging “politics are pertinent” theme, the 12th edition will fascinate you with its analysis of three fundamental premises: politics is a pervasive force in modern society; government is too important to be left in the hands of a few; and everyone has the opportunity to participate in public life in a democracy. This edition focuses on vital topics and concepts such as democracy, dictatorship, ideology, citizenship, voting behavior, elections, public policy, leadership, war, revolution, foreign policy, world politics, and international law.
“This book compares very well against other leading introductory textbooks. The chapters are well organized, the writing style is clear and engaging, and the topics are amply illustrated. Its up-to-date information gives it a fresh face and enhances its scholarship, which covers all areas of political science. Overall, it is a great introduction to politics and political science.”
“Thomas Magstadt’s Understanding Politics compares very favorably with other political science textbooks already on the market. The sheer breadth of chapters covered, the maps and illustrations, the pedagogical notes and insets, the succinct length of the chapters, and the currency of the facts and figures make it a great resource for instructors and students alike.”
About the Author
Thomas M. Magstadt has chaired political science departments at Augustana College (Sioux Falls) and the University of Nebraska (Kearney) and has taught at the Thunderbird School, the Air War College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. From 1994 to 1996 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic, and from 2007 to 2010 he lectured on the European Union at the University of Kansas. Dr. Magstadt is the author of NATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS: COMPARATIVE POLITICS IN REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE, Sixth Edition (Wadsworth Publishing, 2011), AN EMPIRE IF YOU CAN KEEP IT: POWER AND PRINCIPLE IN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (CQ Press, 2004) as well as numerous journal articles, policy papers and op-ed pieces. He earned his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
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