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Political Science, CourseSmart eTextbook, 12th Edition

By Michael G. Roskin, Robert L. Cord, James A. Medeiros, Walter S. Jones

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 21, 2011

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Balancing practical and theoretical knowledge, Political Science is a comprehensive and jargon-free introduction to the field’s basic concepts and themes.


This bestselling brief text uses diverse real-world examples to show students the value of avoiding simplifications in politics, the relevance of government, and the importance of participation. Written from Mike Roskin’s unique and engaging point-of-view, Political Science remains the best at providing the clear explanations, practical applications, and current examples that will welcome students to a vital field of study.

Table of Contents

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


1) Brief Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Politics and Political Science

Chapter 2: Theories

Chapter 3: Ideologies

Chapter 4: States

Chapter 5: Constitutions

Chapter 6: Regimes



Chapter 7: Political Culture

Chapter 8: Public Opinion



Chapter 9: Political Communication

Chapter 10: Interest Groups

Chapter 11: Parties

Chapter 12: Elections



Chapter 13: Legislatures

Chapter 14: Executives and Bureaucracies

Chapter 15: Judiciaries



Chapter 16: Political Economy

Chapter 17: Political Violence

Chapter 18: International Relations


2) Full Table of Contents


Part I: The Bases of Politics   


Chapter 1: Politics and Political Science   

The Master Science   

Key Concepts: “Never Get Angry at a Fact”   

Political Power   

Key Concepts: Legitimacy, Sovereignty, and Authority   

Key Concepts: The Subfields of Political Science   

How To... Study a Chapter   

Is Politics a Science?   

Key Concepts: Concepts and Precepts   

Key Concepts: Politics Versus Political Science   

Key Terms   

Further Reference


Chapter 2: Theories   

Classic Theories   

Classic Works: Not Just Europeans   

Contemporary Theories   

How To... Make Thesis Statements   

Key Concepts: Models: Simplifying Reality   

Key Concepts: Politics as a Game   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 3:  Political Ideologies   

What Is Ideology?   

The Major Ideologies   

Classic Works: The Origins of Ideologies   

Key Concepts: Classifying Ideologies   

How To... Support Your Thesis   

Ideology in Our Day   

Is Ideology Finished?   

Comparing: Islamism: A New Ideology with Old Roots   

Key Terms   

Further Reference 


Chapter 4:  States   

Institutionalized Power   

Key Concepts: Effective, Weak, and Failed States   

Classic Works: Aristotle’s Six Types of Government   

Unitary or Federal Systems   

Comparing: The Shaky Lives of Confederations   

Electoral Systems   

Comparing: French and German Variations   

States and the Economy   

How To... Use Sources   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 5:  Rights   

Constitutions in the Modern World   

Comparing: The Dangers of Changing Constitutions   

Comparing: Canada’s New Constitution   

The Adaptability of the U.S. Constitution   

Key Concepts: What Is a Right?   

Freedom of Expression in the United States   

How To... List References   

Key Terms   

Further Reference 


Chapter 6:  Regimes

Representative Democracy   

Key Concepts: The “Two-Turnover Test”   

Democracy in Practice: Elitism or Pluralism?   


How To... Write Tightly   

Key Concepts: Image and Reality of Total Control   


Key Concepts: Dahl’s “Influence Terms”   

The Democratization of Authoritarian Regimes   

Key Concepts: Why Democracies Fail   

Comparing: Democracy in Iraq?   

Key Terms   

Further Reference 


Part II: Political Attitudes   


Chapter 7:  Political Culture   

What Is Political Culture?   

Key Concepts: Civil Society   

Classic Works: The Civic Culture   

The Decay of Political Culture   

Comparing: America the Religious   

Political Subcultures   

How To... Use Quotations   

Comparing: Quebec: “Maîtres Chez Nous”   

Key Concepts: Culture and Development   

Political Socialization   

Classic Works: The Authoritarian Personality   

Comparing: China Builds Unity   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 8:  Public Opinion   

Key Concepts: What Public Opinion Is and Isn’t   

The Shape of Public Opinion   

Key Concepts: Classic Opinion Curves   

Public Opinion Polls   

Key Concepts: A Short History of Polling   

How To... Identify and Use Variables   

American Opinion   

Classic Works: Almond’s Three Publics   

Is Polling Fair?   

Key Terms   

Further Reference 


Part III:  Political Interactions   


Chapter 9:  Political Communication   

Communication in Politics   

Classic Works: The Two-Step Flow of Mass Communications   

Key Concepts: The Tendency to Media Monopoly   

Key Concepts: The Elite Media   

The Giant: Television   

Key Concepts: The Web: The Newest Mass Medium?   

How To... Define Variables   

Are We Poorly Served?    

Key Concepts: The Framing of News   

The Adversaries: Media and Government   

Key Concepts: The Media and Watergate   

Key Concepts: The Media and War   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 10:  Interest Groups   

What Is an Interest Group?   

Key Concepts: How Interest Groups Differ from Political Parties   

Key Concepts: How Government Creates Interest Groups   

Key Concepts: Countervailing Power   

Effective Interest Groups   

Comparing: French Antipluralism    

Comparing: How Powerful Are U.S. Unions?   

How To... Create Tables   

Interest Groups: An Evaluation   

Classic Works: Olson’s Theory of Interest Groups   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 11:  Parties   

Functions of Parties   

How To... Create a Cross-Tabulation   

Parties in Democracies   

Key Concepts: Parties that Ignore Voters   

Classifying Political Parties   

Classic Works: Duverger’s Three Types of Parties   

Classic Works: Kirchheimer’s “Catchall” Party   

Party Systems   

Key Concepts: What Is a “Relevant” Party?   

Comparing: Multiparty Systems Are More Fun   

Classic Works: Sartori’s Types of Party Competition   

Key Terms   

Further Reference  


Chapter 12:  Elections   

Why Do People Vote?   

Who Votes?   

Classic Works: Downs’s Theory of Voting   

How To... Handle Tendencies   

Who Votes How?   

Comparing: Is the U.S. Electoral System Defective?   

Electoral Realignment   

Key Concepts: Partisan Polarization   

What Wins Elections?   

Key Concepts: Changing Positions   

Key Terms   

Further Reference


Part IV:  Political Institutions   


Chapter 13: Legislatures   

Presidential and Parliamentary Systems   

Key Concepts: Head of State Versus Chief of Government   

Classic Works: Where Did the U.S. System Originate?    

Key Concepts: Bicameral or Unicameral?   

What Legislatures Do   

Key Concepts: Pork-Barrel Politics   

How To... Conduct a Longitudinal Study   

The Decline of Legislatures   

Key Concepts: Congressional Overspending   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 14: Executives and Bureaucracies   

Presidents and Prime Ministers   

Comparing: Israel’s Directly Elected Prime Ministers   

Classic Works: Lasswell’s Psychology of Power   

Comparing: Authoritarianism Returns to Russia   

Key Concepts: An Imperial Presidency?   

Executive Leadership   


Classic Works: American Paranoia   

How To...Create Graphs   

The Danger of Expecting Too Much   


Classic Works: Weber’s Definition of Bureaucracies   

Bureaucracies in Comparison   

Key Concepts: Bureaucratic Rulemaking   

Comparing: Japan: Bureaucrats in Command   

The Trouble with Bureaucracy   

Key Concepts: Bureaucratic Politics   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 15:  Judiciaries   

Types of Law    

Classic Works: The Roots of Law   

Key Concepts: Common Law Versus Code Law   

The Courts, the Bench, and the Bar

Comparing Courts 

Comparing: Law in Russia   

The Role of the Courts   

Classic Works: Marbury v. Madison   

How To... Construct a Scattergram   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Part V:  What Political Systems Do   


Chapter 16  Political Economy   

Government and the Economy   

Comparing: How High Are U.S. Taxes?   

How To... Create Maps   

Who Is Entitled to What?   

Key Concepts: What Is Poverty?   

Key Concepts: Poverty and Ideology   

How Big Should Government Be?   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 17:  Political Violence   

System Breakdown   

Key Concepts: Terrorism   

How To... Construct a Thinkpiece   

Key Concepts: Rising Expectations   


Key Concepts: Revolutionary Political Warfare in Vietnam   

Comparing: The Iranian Revolutionary Cycle   

After the Revolution   

Comparing: Violent vs. Velvet Revolutions   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


Chapter 18:  International Relations   

Power and National Interest   

Key Concepts: Types of National Interest   

Key Concepts: Why War?   

Keeping Peace   

Key Concepts: The Democratic Peace   

Beyond Sovereignty?   

How To... Avoid “They”   

U.S. Foreign Policy: Involved or Isolated?   

Key Concepts: The Importance of Economics   

Classic Works: Klingberg’s Alternation Theory   

Classic Works: Kennan’s Dinosaur Analogy   

Classic Works: Thucydides on War   

Key Terms   

Further Reference   


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