Synopses & Reviews
Brief, accessible, and sophisticated, ANALYZING POLITICS, Fifth Edition, presents a clear outline of the discipline of political science and helps students understand the practical and immediate uses of applying analytical approaches to the study of politics. This text is notable for its early coverage of methods and theory and the use of a case study approach--introduced and used to acquire in-depth information about a particular subject while also pointing to its limitations. While the text covers fundamental concepts with contemporary, political examples, discussions of feminism and environmentalism offer a distinct departure from other texts and a unique opportunity to professors and students of political science. In this edition, new chapter opening examples highlight recent controversies that will spark student interest, frame core concepts of the chapter, and illustrate to students how politics is about their lives.
About the Author
Ellen Grigsby (Ph. D., University of North Carolina, 1987) has been a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Mexico since 1991. She teaches a broad range of political science classes, including classes in political theory and applied internships.
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"Most introductory political science textbooks cover the field reasonably well, in presentation and language that is more or less appropriately written. I think ANALYZING POLITICS is superior in several ways. The textbook is outstanding for its conciseness yet thoroughness of coverage, its well-written, engaging and easily understandable style, and its objective tone. ANALYZING POLITICS clearly identifies and explains to students the basics of politics from the outset: The concepts of change, allocation of resources, power, states, and the challenges faced by states and peoples today."- Alain Sanders, St. Peter's College "I like how the author provides adequate background on the field, its origin in theories of human nature and ideologies that stem from these, and how she then builds on ideologies through her discussions of domestic and global politics, comparative systems of governance, culture, democracy, international relations, the media and trade. I believe the three sections on comparative politics and the two on international relations are stronger than most introductory texts I have encountered."- Leif Johan Eliasson, East Stroudsburg University "I really like the organization of the textbook for gradually expanding the scope of students' understanding of the political realm. The chapters unfold across the major subdisciplines of the field in an intuitively comprehensible way."- Jody Neathery-Castro , University of Nebraska-Omaha