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Introduction to Politics, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-631-18784-4
340 pages
August 1993, Wiley-Blackwell
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This new edition of Ponton and Gill's well-known text continues to provide students with a superlative guide to political concepts and institutions.

  • The second edition has sold in excess of 5,500 copies
  • Thoroughly revised and updated, also two completely new chapters on global politics
  • Clearly structured for course use, each chapter length to suit a week's reading
  • Clearly written and accessible, very lucid introduction to political concepts
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List of Figures and Tables.

Preface to the third edition.

Preface to the second edition.

Preface to the third edition.

Part I: The Study of Politics:.

1. The Meaning and Scope of Politics.

2. Approaches and Levels.

3. Key Concepts -
1: Power, Authority and Legitimacy.

4. Key Concepts -
2: Ideology, Interest and Choice.

5. Models in the Study of Politics.

6. Models of Democracy -
1: Alternatives.

7. Models of Democracy -
2: The Debate.

8. The Scope and Responsibility of the State.

Part II: The Context of Politics:.

9. Political Stability.

10. History, Tradition and Myth.

11. The Economic and Social Context of Politics.

Part III: National Politics in Operation:.

12. Party Politics.

13. Group Politics.

14. Executives.

15. Assemblies.

16. Executive-Assembly Relations.

17. Bureaucracies.

18. Laws, Courts and Judges.

19. The Police and the Military.

Part IV: Supranational and Subnational Politics:.

20. Global Politics: Approaches to Analysis: Charlotte Bretherton.

21. Global Politics: Processes of Change: Charlotte Bretherton.

22. Nationalism, Federalism and Devolution.

23. Local Politics.

Part V: Links Between Government and People:.

24. Legitimacy.

25. Political Socialization.

26. Representation and Elections.

27. Other Forms of Participation.

References
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Geoffrey Ponton and Peter Gill teach at Liverpool John Moores University. Peter Gill is the author of Policing Politics (1993) and Geoffrey Ponton of The Soviet Era (1993).
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  • The second edition has sold in excess of 5,500 copies
  • Thoroughly revised and updated, also two completely new chapters on global politics
  • Clearly structured for course use, each chapter length to suit a week's reading
  • Clearly written and accessible, very lucid introduction to political concepts
See More
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