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Political Science Today

First Edition
Experience with SAGE edge


312 pages | CQ Press

Political Science Today celebrates political science by giving introductory students a holistic view of the subfields that make it so multi-layered and help them sharpen their future career aspirations. Written with non-majors in mind, Whitman Cobb offers a concise introduction that will help any student develop critical thinking skills, discern the differences between politics and political science, and conduct and consume research.

This practical text offers an applied, field-based approach that inspires students to engage with the material directly and dig in to each of the discipline’s diverse subfields with carefully crafted learning objectives and case studies.

Its innovative organization reflects the reality of the discipline, beginning with foundational tools like theories and research methods, then builds up to subfield chapters covering overviews of Comparative Politics, International Relations, American Government, Political Economy, and Public Policy/Administration. These chapters can be rearranged to fit any instructor’s syllabus, and allow them the flexibility to focus on their particular field(s) of interest.

Political science has changed; the way students learn has changed; so too should the way it’s taught. This is political science, today.


 
 
PREFACE
 
PART 1: FOUNDATIONS
 
CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS POLITICAL SCIENCE?
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POLITICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE HISTORY  
IS POLITICAL SCIENCE A SCIENCE?  
MAJOR CONCEPTS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE  
PLAN OF THE BOOK  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
CHAPTER 2: RESEARCH METHODS
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS  
QUANTITATIVE METHODS  
QUALITATIVE METHODS  
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE  
CASE STUDY: DEMOCRACIES AND CONFLICT  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
CHAPTER 3: POLITICAL THEORY
THE ANCIENTS TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT  
THE ENLIGHTENMENT  
CHALLENGES TO LIBERALISM  
CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY  
THE STATE OF POLITICAL THEORY TODAY  
CASE STUDY: JUSTICE AND TAXES  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
PART 2: INSTITUTIONS AND BEHAVIOR
 
CHAPTER 4: CONSTITUTIONS, LAW, AND JUSTICE
CHARACTERISTICS OF CONSTITUTIONS  
SYSTEMS OF LAW  
THE COURT SYSTEM  
CASE STUDY: INTERNATIONAL LAW AND COURTS  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
CHAPTER 5: ELECTORAL AND PARTY SYSTEMS
PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEMS  
PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS  
POLITICAL PARTIES AND DUVERGER’S LAW  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
CHAPTER 6: POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS
ROLES OF THE MEDIA  
SHAPING AND MAKING THE NEWS  
MEDIA AROUND THE WORLD  
CASE STUDY: MEDIA IN RUSSIA  
THE INTERNET, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND DEMOCRACY  
 
PART 3: SUBFIELDS
 
CHAPTER 7: AMERICAN POLITICS
CONGRESS  
THE PRESIDENCY  
THE COURTS  
POLITICAL BEHAVIOR  
CASE STUDY: TRUMP TRAVEL BAN  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
CHAPTER 8: COMPARATIVE POLITICS
THE COMPARATIVE METHOD  
THE STATE  
DEMOCRACY  
GLOBALIZATION  
COMMUNISM AND POST-COMMUNISM  
AUTHORITARIANISM  
DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES  
NATIONALISM AND ETHNIC CONFLICT  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
CHAPTER 9: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
REALISM  
LIBERALISM  
CONSTRUCTIVISM  
FEMINISM  
WAR AND PEACE  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
CHAPTER 10: POLITICAL ECONOMY
WHAT DOES POLITICS HAVE TO DO WITH THE ECONOMY?  
TYPES OF ECONOMIC SYSTEMS  
GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE  
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY  
COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
 
CHAPTER 11: PUBLIC POLICY AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
STAGES OF THE POLICYMAKING PROCESS  
PATTERNS OF POLICY CHANGE  
POLICY ACTORS AND TYPES OF POLICIES  
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION  
CASE STUDY: GUNS, BUMP STOCKS, AND REGULATORY FIXES  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  

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