Political Science: An Introduction includes the following features to facilitate learning:
UPDATED! Chapters 1 and 2 have been merged to better complete the course in one semester.
UPDATED! Content has been brought up to date throughout to bring students the most relevant information in political science
*NEW! Chapter 1 opens with a discussion of political theory and how political science contrasts with history and journalism.
*UPDATED! Chapter 4 explores the difference between free speech and hate speech in relation to the Charlie Hebdo murders of 2015 in France.
*UPDATED! Chapter 5 begins with an exploration of recent Hong Kong protests, illustrating the struggle for democracy. A discussion of how opportunism and corruption undermine Communist regimes has been added.
*UPDATED! Chapter 7 on public opinion has been revised by Jonathan Williamson, a pollster himself.
*NEW! Chapter 10 raises questions about the relevance of U.S. political parties by discussing the rise of the tea party and super-PACs.
*UPDATED! Chapter 11 explains the increasing importance of non-white voters and how realignments might evolve more slowly than expected.
*UPDATED! Chapter 12 examines incomprehensible, overlong legislation.
*UPDATED! Chapter 13 features Fukuyama’s thesis that uncorrupt, merit-based bureaucracies are the basis of good governance.
*UPDATED! Chapter 16 places more emphasis on the negative results of the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS.
*UPDATED! Chapter 17 explains the dangers of a potential cold war with Russia and China.
UPDATED! Pedagogical features enhance student learning and engagement
*NEW! Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter help students prepare for exams and quizzes by summarizing main chapter content.
*NEW! Box in chapter 3 explains Francis Fukuyama’s three-step theory of the origins of political order.
*NEW! Box in chapter 6, “The three Israelis”, shows how successive waves of immigrants brought distinct political cultures to Israel.
*UPDATED! Key Concepts have been integrated into the text’s narrative.
*Important terms are boldfaced in the text and defined in running marginal glossaries throughout the chapters.
Also available with MyPoliSciLab®
MyPoliSciLab for the Introduction to Political Science course extends learning online to engage students and improve results. Media resources with assignments bring concepts to life, and offer students opportunities to practice applying what they’ve learned. Please note: this version of MyPoliSciLab does not include an eText.
*Writing Space provides everything you need to foster better writing, all in one place. It's a single place to create, track, and grade writing assignments, provide writing resources, and exchange meaningful, personalized feedback with students, quickly and easily. And thanks to integration with Turnitin®, Writing Space can check students’ work for improper citation or plagiarism.
*Immersive simulations let students experience how political actors make decisions.
*A video series?covering actual news events, both current and historical?helps students understand key concepts, explore new research, and examine political issues.
*Comparative activities focus students on analyzing how political actors compare in key areas such as organization, politics, global interaction, and economics, to name a few.
*Video case studies combine text and video to provide students with a deeper look at important events and issues that relate to core political science theories and concepts. These features also provide additional opportunities for students to hone critical thinking and analytical skills.
*A library of readings on current news events helps students connect theory to real world interactions.
Political Science: An Introduction, Fourteenth Edition is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more.
Michael Roskin, Lycoming College
Robert L. Cord, Northeartern University
James A. Medeiros, Long Island University
Walter S. Jones, Long Island University