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Political Science

Political Science
A Global Perspective

First Edition

March 2017 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

From the award-winning team behind the International Encyclopaedia of Political Science...

Moving beyond mainstream “traditional” approaches to bring you a new advanced-level introduction to political science.


A perfect introduction for postgraduates who are new to political science, as well as upper-level undergraduates looking to broaden and deepen their understanding of core topics, this progressive account:

  • Guides you through all key areas of political science: origins, methodological foundations, key topics, and current issues
  • Takes an international and pluralist perspective with all issues explored in a comparative way related to different cultural and historical contexts
  • Includes pulled-out descriptions of major concepts, further reading and self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter.
Introduction: Origins of political science and definitions
Part I: Background
1. Epistemological foundations and approaches
2. Research designs and methods
3. Relations with neighbouring disciplines
Part II: Macro-politics
4. The social bases of politics
5. Democracies
6. Democratizations
7. Non-democratic regimes
Part III: Governance
8. Government, Parliaments, Judiciary
9. Public administration and public policies
Part IV: Meso- and Micro-politics
10. Political participation, social movements, protests, revolutions
11. Political Communication, Media
12. Interest Groups
13. Political Parties
14. Elections and electoral behavior
Part V: International Politics
15. The globalization of inter-national politics
16. Regionalism and beyond

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