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This is a unique book, filling a genuine void. It is introductory but not meant for undergraduates but for the already educated. In sixteen chapters, it covers, not only the standard content of an introduction to political science book, but also discusses questions of epistemology, methodology and the interdisciplinary nature of the discipline, all with a global perspective.
What makes this book an exceedingly good introduction to Political Science is that the discipline’s core concepts, theories, methods and the subfields into which it has branched out are presented in an unprecedented fashion: concise and yet broad-based and open-ended. These are qualities derived from its comprehensive global reach – an achievement that has many aspects to it. First, by recovering the diversity of the social contexts and of the intellectual backgrounds from which the “basics” emerged, their embedded nature comes out neatly.