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PART I. ON KNOWING THE POLITICAL WORLD Chapter 1. Politics and Knowledge PART II. POLITICAL BEHAVIORChapter 2. Political Theory and Political BeliefsChapter 3. Political ActionsChapter 4. Influences on Beliefs and Actions PART III. POLITICAL SYSTEMSChapter 5. States and NationsChapter 6. Political Institutions I: StructuresChapter 7. Political Institutions II: Institutional ArrangementsChapter 8. Political Economy PART IV. POLITICAL PROCESSESChapter 9. Public Policy, Power, and DecisionChapter 10. Change and Political DevelopmentChapter 11. Politics Across BordersChapter 12. Political Violence PART V. POLITICS AMONG STATESChapter 13. The Developed CountriesChapter 14. The Developing CountriesChapter 15. The Transitional Developed CountriesAppendix. Political Analysis