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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9780230363380
Publication Date March 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Foundations Series

Its lively, engaging style and authoritative and comprehensive coverage have made this highly successful text the first choice introduction to politics for students and instructors alike.

The fourth edition has been has been systematically revised and updated to cover key developments such as the global economic crisis and the Arab Spring. The book also has a new more integrated chapter structure which makes it easier for students to see how different topics interrelate and takes better account of the increasing interdependence between domestic and world events.

With an attractive new full-colour page design, each chapter includes a range of innovative features and boxed information to aid learning and stimulate critical reflection:

- Full-page Politics in Action boxes examine major political events from around the world and reflect on their significance for political science. 
- Debating boxes introduce the key controversies within politics and highlight arguments both for and against a particular proposition.
- Illustrated Key Thinker profiles give detail about important figures and their ideas
- Concept boxes offer a fuller discussion of important political terms and concepts, particularly those with complex or contested meanings

Andrew Heywood is the author of such bestselling texts as Global Politics, Political Ideologies and Political Theory, used by hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

What is Politics?
Political Ideas and Ideologies
Politics and the State
Democracy and Legitimacy
Nations and Nationalism
Political Economy and Globalization
Politics, Society and Identity
Political Culture and the Media
Representation, Elections and Voting
Parties and Party Systems
Groups, Interests and Movements
Governments, Systems and Regimes
Political Executives and Leadership
Constitutions, Law and Judges
Public Policy and the Bureaucracy
Multilevel Politics
Security: Domestic and International
World Order and Global Governance
A Crisis in Politics?.


A remarkable textbook – and even better in this enhanced and redesigned new edition! Balanced and authoritative, and very effectively supported with informative and insightful text boxes, Politics provides a wonderfully accessible and comprehensive introduction to the subject.' – Jonathon W. Moses, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
'If you want to understand what politics can do, what it can't do and how it works I can think of no better starting point. This new edition more than ever succeeds in bringing the subject to life for those coming to the subject for the first time while offering fresh insights and perspectives for all.' – Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton, UK
'I am a huge fan! This is how the subject should be taught – with full coverage of politics and government but sensitive to theoretical issues, informed by history and broader economic and social trends, and encouraging engagement with the key debates of our times. This is a great place to start putting together what is needed to become a fully-rounded political scientist.' – David Coates, Wake Forest University, USA
Reviews of the previous edition: 'Politics is simply the best introductory guide available for the subject. Andrew Heywood defines the theory and practice of politics in a rigorous, lively and highly accessible way. This book is indispensable for any student of politics and a 'must' for introductory reading lists for politics tutors.' – Professor Jon Tonge, University of Liverpool, UK and Chair of the Political Studies Association of the UK
'In addition to Heywood's accessible style of writing, the book certainly benefits from many of the pedagogical features incorporated into the text. The sets of questions, outlining of key concepts, mini biographical profiles of specific philosophers and important people, focus boxes, diagrammatic representations and suggestions for further reading are all valuable, informative features and aide-memoires.' – Dr Jacqui Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Lincoln, UK
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