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Power & Choice: An Introduction to Political Science

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The extensively revised eleventh edition of W. Phillips Shivelys PowerandChoice: An Introduction to Political Science maintains the authors goal since the texts inception: to provide a general, comparative introduction to the major concepts and themes of political science by engaging students with concrete examples of analysis without overwhelming them with excessive detail.


This general, comparative introduction to the major concepts and themes of political science engages students with concrete analytical examples without overwhelming them with excessive detail. In this extensively revised eleventh edition, W. Phillips Shively surpasses the high standards he set in prior editions, bringing political science conceptually alive as never before.

About the Author

W. PHILLIPS SHIVELY is Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, where he moved in 1971 after teaching at the University of Oregon and Yale University. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo in Norway. His research, which has appeared in numerous articles, deals with the comparative study of elections, and he has written The Craft of Political Research, an introduction to research techniques. He has also had practical political experience as a lobbyist in Minnesota. His true love is bird-watching.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1. Politics: Setting the Stage


Politics as the Making of Common Decisions

Politics as the Exercise of Power

Politics as the Exercise of Choice

Power and Choice

Politics of the State

Political Science

The Pleasures of Politics

CHAPTER 2. Modern Ideologies and Political Philosophy

American Ideologies


The Conservative Reaction

The Socialist Alternative

Communism and Socialism


Ideologies in the Twenty-first Century

Religion, Politics, and Political Philosophy

Political Philosophy in Other Historical Eras


CHAPTER 3. The Modern State

The Development of the Modern State

The Origin of States: Power or Choice?

The State as a Device to Provide Collective Goods

“State,” “Nation,” and the “Nation-State”


Government and the State

Challenges to the State

Some Possible Alternatives

Example: State Building in Nigeria

Example: State Building in the European Union

CHAPTER 4. Policies of the State

The Role of Governments in the Third World

Constraints and Conditions for Policy

Defense Policy


Research and Development

Health and Social Welfare

Democracy and Public Policy

The Place of Power in Policy Analysis

Example: The Demographic Challenge

Example: Economic Development Compared with “Human Development”

Example: Uganda: An African AIDS Success Story

CHAPTER 5. Economic Policy and the Political Economy of the State

Political Economy

Economic Performance 1: Growth

Economic Performance 2: Controlling Inflation and Unemployment

Managing Distribution to Address inequality

Independent Central Banks


Other Measures Available to Government

Globalization: Are States Losing their Ability to Make Economic Policy?

Example: Economic Policy in Germany

Example: Economic Policy in Indonesia

CHAPTER 6. What Lies Behind Policy: Questions of Justice and Efficiency

The Problem of Justice

Other Aspects of Justice: Procedural Justice


A Basic Question of Effectives: Authority Versus the Market

The Need to Act, Even Under Uncertainty

Example: Political Choice


CHAPTER 7. Democracy and Autocracy


The Coming and Going of Democracy

Possible Explanations

What Did We Learn From the Third Wave?

Why Are Prosperous Countries Likely to Be Democracies?

Democracy and Freedom

Democracy and Capitalism


Military Government

Why Arent There More Military Governments?

One-Party States

Monarchies and Theocracies

Democracy Versus Autocracy: Material Considerations

“Power and Choice” Again

Example: Democratization in Spain

Example: Fragile Democracy in Peru

Example: Theocracy in Iran

CHAPTER 8. How Individuals Relate to the State, and the State to the Individual

Legitimacy and Authority

Sources of Legitimacy

The “Democratic Citizen”

How Well are These Requirements Met?

Social Capital

Political Culture

An Application of Political Culture: Robert Kagans Of Paradise and Power

Religion and Politics

Political Socialization

Example: Building Authority and Legitimacy in West Germany After World War II

Example: Declining Democratic legitimacy in the United States


CHAPTER 9. Constitutions and the Design of Government

Variations in Formality

The Virtue of Vagueness

Other Principles of Constitutional Design


The Geographic Concentration of Power

“Federal” and “Unitary” States

The Distinction Between “Unitary” and “Centralized” States

How Much Centralization is Good?

Constitutions and Guarantees of Rights

“Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law”

Example: Constitutional Government in Great Britain

Example: Constitutional Government in Russia

CHAPTER 10. Elections

Elections as a Means of Building Support

Elections as a Means of Selecting Leaders and Policies

Electoral Systems


Electoral Participation

The Paradox of Voting

Effects of Choice and Information on Turnout

The Bases of Individuals Electoral Choices

Example: Proportional Representation Elections in Israel

Example: Elections in Nigeria

CHAPTER 11. Parties: A Linking and Leading Mechanism in Politics

The Political Party

Origins of the Modern Party

Political Parties and the Mobilization of the Masses

Political Parties and the Recruitment and Socialization of Leaders

Political Parties as a Source of Political Identity

Political Parties as a Channel of Control

Party Organization

Party Finance

Political Party Systems

Power and Choice

Example: The Communist Party of China

Example: Canadas Political Parties

CHAPTER 12. Structured Conflict: Interest Groups and Politics

Interest Groups and Representation

Types of Interest Groups

Tactics of Interest Groups

Patterns of Organized Interest-Group Activity



Power and Choice

Example: Interest Groups in France

Example: Interest Groups in Japan: Attenuated Neocorporatism

CHAPTER 13. Social Movements and Contentious Politics

Why Now?

Social Movements as a Public Goods Problem

Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Informal Organization

Example: The Rubber Tappers of Acre

Example: The “Orange Revolution” in Ukraine

CHAPTER 14. National Decision-Making Institutions: Parliamentary Government

Head of State

The Cabinet

Cabinet Control

What Does A Parliament Do?

Parliamentary Committees

Advantages and Disadvantages of Parliamentary Government

Let's Make Sure I Haven't Made This Sound Too Simple

Parliaments in Autocratic Systems

Example: Parliamentary Government in India

Example: Parliamentary Government in Germany

CHAPTER 15. National Decision-Making Institutions: Presidential Government

Presidential and Parliamentary Systems Compared

Responsibility for Policy

Presidential Systems and Comprehensive Policy

Recruitment of Executive Leaders

Flexibility of the Political Process

The Split Executive of Parliamentary Systems

Why Arent All Democracies parliamentary Systems?

Constitutional Review and the Fragmentation of Power

A Note on Constitutions and Power

Example: Presidential Hybrid in France

Example: Presidential Government in Mexico

CHAPTER 16. Bureaucracy and the Public Sector

Public Administration as a Political Problem

Characteristics of Good Public Administration

“Bureaucracy”: A Reform of the Nineteenth Century

Bureaucracy Versus Flexibility

The Problem of Protected Incompetence

Adjustments to Bureaucracy

Social Representativeness of Public Administration

Example: The French Bureaucracy

Example: Bureaucratic Cultures in Europe and Africa

CHAPTER 17. Law and the Courts

Anglo-Saxon Case Law

Continental European Code Law

The Blending of Case Law and Code Law

Religious Law: The Sara


Example: The Law in China

Example: The European Court of Justice


CHAPTER 18. Global Politics: Politics Among States (And Others)

The Evolution of the International System Since World War II

The World Since the Cold War

International Politics

The Absence of Central Authority

Fiduciary Political Roles and International Morality

Impediments to International Communication

Power and International Politics

The Process of International Politics


Power and Choice in International Politics

Example: An International Failure: Ethnic Conflict in Rwanda

Example: The United Nations

A Personal Note

Appendix: Principles of Political Analysis


What Makes a Statement Interesting?

Causation and Explanation

Historical Explanation

A Few Common Pitfalls in Analysis


Product Details

Academic Internet Publishers
General Political Science
Shively, W. Phillips
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Political science
Politics & Government
Publication Date:
December 2007
Grade Level:
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9.06x6.48x.72 in. 1.33 lbs.

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