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Part 1 Theories of politics: what is politics?; governments, systems and regimes; political ideologies; democracy; the State. Part 2 Nations and globalization: nations and nationalism; subnational politics; global politics. Part 3 Political interaction: the economy and society; political culture and legitimacy representation; elections and voting parties and party systems groups; interests and movements. Part 4 Machinery of government: constitutions, the law and judiciaries assemblies; political executives; bureaucracies; militaries and police forces. Part 5 Policy and performance: policy process and system performance.

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Andrew Heywood is the author of "Political Ideologies" and "Key Concepts in Politics" and an A-Level Chief Examiner.


'A comprehensive overview of a wealth of material.' - Dr McMahon, University of Oxford
'An excellent introductory text. Well written, clearly expressed, suitably updated.' - Rob Sykes, Sheffield Hallam University
'The new edition represents a marked improvement on an already highly-rated and appreciated text!' - Paul Carmichael, University of Ulster
'A very useful introduction to politics for non-political scientists.' - M.Vink, University of Leiden
Reviews of the first edition:
'A really excellent text...An outstanding success' - Gerry Stoker, University of Manchester
'An admirable text for any course designed to introduce students to political is written throughout with enviable clarity. Important and difficult terms are explained particularly well and the author consistently presents different and rival interpretations and definitions in a balanced manner' - John Greenaway, University of East Anglia
'I can't really imagine a book of this scope being done better...a remarkable achievement to cover so much and with such concision' - Chris Brown, London School of Economics and Political Science

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