This mainstream text for introductory political science course familiarizes students with the discipline by taking a comparative approach to topics such as the nature of politics, political institutions, behavior, and ideologies. The main theme of the text has shifted from a state-centered emphasis on interdependence to a broader look at globalization and the role of non-governmental actors, such as multinational corporations and transnational organizations like the U.N.
The Fifth Edition reflects changes in the discipline and an increased emphasis on globalization and the political economy. Part 1, "The Work of Political Science in the Era of Globalization," introduces the book's theme; Part 2, "Shaping Political Thought," describes the ideology and culture of politics; Part 3, "Acting in Politics," focuses on the roles of individuals, groups, and parties both nationally and internationally; Part 4, "Governing Nation States," describes national institutions and the political processes; and Part 5, "Governing the World," explains international and regional governments and international political economy.Chapter 4 includes a section on terrorist organizations and Chapter 7 features a section focusing on how to fight terrorism in an international context.Expanded coverage of the global economy, including managing the economy within a nation (Chapter 10) and the international political economy (Chapter 14).Each chapter concludes with a list of Internet resources and Selected Readings. In addition, a text-specific site has been developed for this edition.