Power & Choice: An Introduction to Political Science

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This introductory text examines the contrasting purpose of political institutions as a means to acquire power versus their use as a means to exercise public choice. This edition includes an expanded treatment of state and society, an added distinction between economic and non-economic interest groups, and three new country examples: ethic conflict in Rwanda - a failure of the new world order; interest groups in Japan - attenuated neo corporatism; and fragile democratization of Peru.

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New! Expanded treatment of Nationalism.
New! Expanded discussion of political culture related to the theories in Political Science. An example is the difference between the political cultures of Eastern and Western Germany.
New! Box on Presidential Leadership
New! Treatment of expansion and political strategy of courts, for example, a discussion of the European Court of Justice.
New! An introduction to the concept of neoliberalism and its relationship to globalization.
New! The evolution of international criminal law, using the Pinochet and Milesovich cases as examples.
Revised! Chapter on Ideologies includes more coverage of evolving American ideologies.
Revised! A distinction is now made between procedural and substantive justice, rather than fairness and justice.
Country examples at the end of most chapters build on the analytic framework of the chapter.
Lists of related web sites in each chapter
Glossary with page references
Shorter in length, allowing for easy use of required additional readings. Direct economical presentation of material that students appreciate.

About the Author:

W. Phillips Shively is Morse-Alumni 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.

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