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The Challenge of Politics
An Introduction to Political Science

Fifth Edition
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February 2016 | 520 pages | CQ Press
The Challenge of Politics introduces students to the fundamental questions of political science. With a distinctive normative approach that portrays politics as a potentially humanizing enterprise, authors Neal Riemer, Douglas W. Simon and Joseph Romance equip readers to recognize major forms of government, evaluate research findings, and understand how policy issues directly affect people’s lives. This comprehensive text balances classic and contemporary political theory with current events and empirical study. The Fifth Edition is fully revised to reflect recent national and international developments, including a new chapter on American Politics and Government. 
 
Part I: Rules of the Game
 
Chapter 1: Games Politicians Play
The Game of Politics  
Wipeout: The Politics of Destruction  
Lion and Fox: The Politics of the Nation-State  
Civil Disobedience: The Politics of Morality  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary of Terms  
 
Chapter 2: Politics and Choice
Five Important Themes  
Socrates and the Moral Life: Political Obligation in Ancient Athens  
Madison, the New Republic, and Federal Theory: The Struggle for Creative Breakthrough in Modern Politics  
The German Citizen and the Nazi Regime: Can Modern Citizens Bear the Burden of Freedom?  
John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Perils of Choice in the Nuclear Age  
The Decision to Invade Iraq: The Perils of Inaccurate Information and Faulty Assumptions  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary of Terms  
 
Chapter 3: Political Science: Components and Controversies
The Basic Structure of Political Science  
The Three Major Components of Political Science  
The Four Major Tasks of Political Science  
Continuing Controversies in Political Science  
Conclusion  
Suggested Reading  
Glossary Terms  
 
Chapter 4: The Physical, Social, and Cultural Envirionment of Politics
Propositions and Challenges  
The Physical World We Live In  
The Biological, Physiological, Psychological, and Social Creatures We Are  
The Social Communities We Have Built  
The Cultural Universe We Have Created  
Conclusion  
Suggested Reading  
Glossary Terms  
 
Part II: Political Philosophy and Ideology
 
Chapter 5: The Quest for the Good Political Life
Classical Greek Thought: The Search for Political Excellence  
Christianity and the Good Political Life  
The Renaissance: Niccolo Machiavelli and the Quest for a Virtuous Republic Modern Political Thought  
Contemporary Political Philosophy  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Chapter 6: Liberal Democracy
Toward a Definition of Liberal Democracy  
The Ideals of Liberal Democracy  
The Sources of Liberal Democracy  
Liberalism, Capitalism, and Democracy  
Variations on the Liberal Democratic Theme  
An Assessment of Liberal Democracy  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Chapter 7: Democratic Socialism and Communism: Ideologies of the Left
Democratic Socialism  
The Sources of Democratic Socialism  
Democratic Socialism as Political Ideology: Pro and Con  
Communism  
The Sources of Communism  
Communism as a Political Ideology and Philosophy: Pro and Con  
The Recent Past and Future of Democratic Socialism and Communism  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Part III: American, Comparative and World Politics
 
Chapter 8: Key Dilemmas: Political Form, Culture and Values
Some Key Terms Defined  
Patterns For Cooperation, Accommodation, and Conflict Resolution  
Democratic Constitutionalism  
Constitutional Features  
The Values of Nations as Political Actors  
Popular Values  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary of Terms  
 
Chapter 9: American Politics and Government
American Political Culture  
American Political Institutions  
Beyond the Constitution: Citizens, Media, Parties and Elections  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Chapter 10: Comparative Politics
Parliamentary Government  
Authoritarian Government  
Mixed Political Systems  
Failed or Fragile States  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Chapter 11: International Politics and the Global Community
Post-World War II and Post-Cold War Challenges  
Current Patterns in International Politics  
Balance of Power  
Domination  
Multilateralism  
Other Forms of Behavior: Neutrality, Nonalignment, and Isolation  
Nonstate Actors  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Part IV: Political Judgment and Public Policy
 
Chapter 12: War and Peace in the Modern Age
Ethical and Empirical Factors  
Alternative Approaches to a More Peaceful World  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Chapter 13: The Battle on Behalf of Human Rights
Clarifying the Problem  
Ethical and Empirical Factors  
Alternative Approaches to Securing Human Rights  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Chapter 14: The Struggle for Economic Well-Being
Defining Economic Well-Being  
Ethical and Empirical Factors  
Alternative Approaches to Economic Well-Being  
The Critical Role of the International Community  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  
 
Chapter 15: The Imperative of Ecological Health
Ethical and Empirical Factors  
Alternative Approaches to Ecological Health  
Conclusion  
Suggested Readings  
Glossary Terms  

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The Challenge of Politics is clear and engaging, with substantive writing that deeply covers a number of issues. The explicit nature of Riemer’s approach challenges students—and instructors—to emphasize the work that needs to be done to humanize political processes.”

Bryan Brophy-Baermann
Lesley University

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