This introductory textbook provides the ideal basis for students coming to Politics for the first time. The book opens with thequestion 'What is Politics?' and then explores the four major 'elements' : Comparative Institutions, Political Ideologies, Public Administration and International Relations. The book has been divided into five easy-to-use sections, each with a guide to literature for further study. Each chapter ends with two essay questions, making this an ideal teaching and revision tool. Key features * Covers the core elements of a Political Science undergraduate degree * Ideal for revision of the subject: includes 50 essay questions * Offers helpful guides to the literature in each area * Written by a distinguished team of authors with many years of teaching experience
Richard A Chapman is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Durham.
Section One Introduction: politics and political science; power, legitimacy and authority; the state; political regimes; problems of democratic government. Section Two Comparative institutions: the comparative approach; constitutions; parliaments; governments; political parties. Section Three Political ideologies: the concept of ideology; liberalism; socialism; conservation; fascism. Section Four Public administration: public administration and public sector management; organization theory and bureaucracy; personnel management and informal organization; decentralization - devolution and deconcentration; administrative law. Section Four International relations: approaches to its study; structure of the interstate system; foreign policy analysis; way and international security; international society.