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Exploring Politics

Exploring Politics
A Concise Introduction

First Edition

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Politics (General)

November 2022 | 368 pages | CQ Press
Exploring Politics: A Concise Introduction addresses the challenges of teaching and learning introductory concepts in political science. Its concise, accessible writing style brings a no-frills approach to the curriculum, allowing instructors to pepper in activities, current events, and their own lectures where they want while leaning on the text for foundational material required in the course. The book is organized topically to reflect how politics spreads from the individual and group level, to the national, and eventually the international level, taking the emphasis off the typically American-focused course of yesterday and building up informed national and global citizens.

Gaspare M. Genna and Taeko Hiroi provide students with brief content modules broken up by critical thinking questions, class exercises, and activities, moving students beyond memorization and into the realm of application and discovery.

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Part I: Fundamentals
Chapter 1: Analyzing Politics
Chapter 2: Studying Politics
Part II. Political Values and Behaviors
Chapter 3: Political Ideologies and Political Thoughts
Chapter 4: The Cultural Dimension of Politics
Chapter 5: Trust, Identity and Political Behavior
Chapter 6: States, Nations, and Varieties of Political Regimes
Chapter 7: Interests, Policy, and Public Goods
Chapter 8: Institutions of Government
Chapter 9: Elections and Political Parties
Chapter 10: Economic Development and Policy
Chapter 11: Democratization
Chapter 12: International Peace and Conflict
Chapter 13: Our Globalizing World


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"This is an excellent, concise approach and I would strongly recommend it for an introductory political science course. The no-frills, straight-forward organization of the material is a breath of fresh air in the textbook market!"

Brian Jones
Northern Virginia Community College

"This is a great way to introduce students to politics in an unbiased, systematic, and global way."

Abigail Post
Anderson University

"Exploring Politics is written in a way that is approachable to students that engages them in critical thinking and practical applications"

Deborah Ferrell-Lynn
University of Central Oklahoma

"This book is a concise, yet thorough overview of the foundational principles within the field of political science. It succinctly addresses key terms and concepts within government and politics and points students in the right directions for further study."

Jesse Cragwall
Pellissippi State Community College

Exploring Politics is a succinct textbook great for a college Freshman political science course. It is efficient in introducing students to the meaning of political science, the foundations of governance, providing international examples for a global perspective.

Constance Pruitt
Howard University