W. Phillips Shively’s Power & Choice offers an in-depth look into the nuances of politics, both domestic and international, through the use of multiple comparative perspectives and theoretical approaches. The major theme reflected in the title is based on Shively’s definition of politics as the making of collective choices for a group or state through the use of power. Using extended case examples from around the world, Power & Choice provides undergraduate students with a clear and engaging introduction to political philosophy, comparative legal systems, and international politics.
Highlights of the fifteenth edition:
·Additional coverage of the continuing fallout of the 2008–2009 worldwide economic crisis, the failed Arab Spring, the upsurge of populism and the fragility of democracies, and the Nigerian elections.
·New sections on the importance of norms in democratic government, the need to strike a balance in partisanship, the digital challenge to political parties, and the rise of “court” politics.
·New examples include Rwanda’s attempt to eliminate the use of plastic bags, the two large-scale uprisings in Iran since its revolution, and climate change as an international problem of public goods.
·A new four-color design and updated art program to better engage students.
·New pedagogical aids include “Major Themes to Look For” and review questions in every chapter, as well as new online study quizzes.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Fifteenth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
W. Phillips Shively is professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of The Craft of Political Research, 10th edition (2017), as well as numerous articles on elections and methods of analysis.
Table of Contents
The Idea Of Politics
Politics: Setting the Stage
Modern Ideologies and Political Philosophy
The State and Public Policy
The Modern State
Policies of the State
Economic Policy of the State
What Lies Behind Policy: Questions of Justice and Effectiveness
The Citizen and the Regime
Democracies and Authoritarian Systems
Political Culture and Political Socialization
The Apparatus of Governance
Constitutions and the Design of Government
Parties: A Linking and Leading Mechanism in Politics
Structured Conflict: Interest Groups and Politics
Social Movements and Contentious Politics
National Decision-Making Institutions: Parliamentary Government
National Decision-Making Institutions: Presidential Government
Bureaucracy and the Public Sector
Law and the Courts
Global Politics: Politics among States (and Others)