Synopses & Reviews
Understanding the Political World offers a comparative perspective on how politics works at the global, national, group, and individual level.
Focusing on how fundamental concepts in political science relate to real political events, this bestselling text surveys political behavior, systems, and processes throughout the world and asks students to evaluate and apply this knowledge. Through an engaging writing style, numerous examples, and the instructive use of cartoons and photographs, Understanding the Political World encourages students to think like political scientists and to critically examine new and enduring political realities and challenges.
“Danziger has written the perfect book for an introduction to political science. Presenting a full range of domestic and international issues plus detailed scenarios that make students think critically, he balances the academic approach to political science with the practical need to be fluent in real world politics.”–Krista Wiegand, Georgia Southern University
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About the Author
James N. Danziger is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, where he also has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, campus-wide Dean of Undergraduate Education, Chair of the Academic Senate, and Associate Director of the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations. He is recipient of many honors and awards, including a Marshall Scholarship (to Great Britain), a Foreign Area Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa, and an IBM Faculty Award. He received the first UC Irvine Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Teaching in 1987 and the UC Irvine Distinguished Service Award in 1997. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, and he has held visiting appointments at the universities of Aarhus (Denmark), Pittsburgh, and Virginia. His research has received awards from the American Political Science Association and the American Society for Public Administration. He has published extensively, particularly on information technology and politics, and he is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research. He has also been an active participant in local politics.
Table of Contents
PART I. ON KNOWING THE POLITICAL WORLD
Chapter 1. Politics and Knowledge
PART II. POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
Chapter 2. Political Theory and Political Beliefs
Chapter 3. Political Actions
Chapter 4. Influences on Beliefs and Actions
PART III. POLITICAL SYSTEMS
Chapter 5. States and Nations
Chapter 6. Political Institutions I: Structures
Chapter 7. Political Institutions II: Institutional Arrangements
Chapter 8. Political Economy
PART IV. POLITICAL PROCESSES
Chapter 9. Public Policy, Power, and Decision
Chapter 10. Change and Political Development
Chapter 11. Politics Across Borders
Chapter 12. Political Violence
PART V. POLITICS AMONG STATES
Chapter 13. The Developed Countries
Chapter 14. The Developing Countries
Chapter 15. The Transitional Developed Countries
Appendix. Political Analysis