Politics (Canadian Edition): An Introduction to the Modern Democratic State, Fourth Edition

By Larry Johnston

© 2012

The latest edition of Politics offers a comprehensive and comparative approach to the essential components of democratic politics in today's states. The book begins by addressing ways of thinking about politics, community, and society, offering broad outlines of political theory in a historical context. Johnston then provides a comparative framework for understanding basic democratic systems which is drawn upon in subsequent sections on institutions, the political process, and governing. The result is an accessible introduction to contemporary democratic politics that is also deeply theoretical and comparative in scope.

The fourth edition has been revised throughout and rewritten with a more focused narrative. The student-friendly design incorporates more visuals and sidebars, as well as chapter objectives and a glossary, in order to make the material easily digestible. In addition, a new companion website provides self-study support for students along with a wealth of materials for instructors to draw from when developing lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.

See www.johnstonpolitics.com for more information.

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The latest edition of Politics offers a comprehensive and comparative approach to the essential components of democratic politics in today's states.

Politics (Canadian Edition): An Introduction to the Modern Democratic State, Fourth Edition

By Larry Johnston

© 2012

The latest edition of Politics offers a comprehensive and comparative approach to the essential components of democratic politics in today's states. The book begins by addressing ways of thinking about politics, community, and society, offering broad outlines of political theory in a historical context. Johnston then provides a comparative framework for understanding basic democratic systems which is drawn upon in subsequent sections on institutions, the political process, and governing. The result is an accessible introduction to contemporary democratic politics that is also deeply theoretical and comparative in scope.

The fourth edition has been revised throughout and rewritten with a more focused narrative. The student-friendly design incorporates more visuals and sidebars, as well as chapter objectives and a glossary, in order to make the material easily digestible. In addition, a new companion website provides self-study support for students along with a wealth of materials for instructors to draw from when developing lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.

See www.johnstonpolitics.com for more information.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    With timely examples and data, and exemplary conceptual illustrations, the fourth edition offers a solid foundation in the discipline, making it a 'keeper' for beginning scholars.
    Carol Dauda, University of Guelph

    I strongly recommend [this book] to anyone who wants an engaging theoretical introduction to the study of politics.
    Jonathan Rose, Queen's University

    The fourth edition of Politics maintains the unique theoretical scope and depth of previous editions, while presenting the material in a cleaner and more accessible manner. An excellent introduction to the discipline of political science.
    James Farney, University of Regina
  • Author Information

    Larry Johnston is the author of Ideologies: An Analytic and Conceptual Approach (1996) and Between Transcendence and Nihilism (1995). A legislative researcher in Toronto since 1998, he was an academic consultant to the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform in 2006. He has taught a variety of politics courses at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Ryerson University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures

    Introduction: The Dimensions of Politics and an Approach to its Study

    What Politics Is...
    A Comparative Approach

    Chapter 1: Co-operation, Coercion, and Consent—Opening Ideas

    Our Social Nature
    Authority and Leadership
    Civil Society
    Beyond the State
    Conclusion
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 2: The Many Ways of Studying Politics

    Politics as Philosophy
    Politics as Social Science
    Units of Analysis: Individual, Group, or Class?
    Politics as Anthropology
    Back to Bismarck: Politics and the Study of Politics
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 3: From The Republic to the Liberal Republic: History and Ideas

    Classical Antiquity
    Feudal Society (the Medieval Era)
    The Reformation
    The Enlightenment
    The Market Economy
    Synergy
    Political Revolution
    Liberal Government
    Philosophical Works
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 4: The Fall and Reluctant Rise of Democracy

    Democracy Defined
    Distrust of Democracy
    From Liberal Government to Liberal Democracy
    Assessing Representative Democracy
    Democracy's Prospects
    Consolidating Democracy
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 5: Roadmap to the Rest (A Comparative Framework)

    Who's In and Who's Out
    Functions, Institutions, Systems
    Functions, Institutions, Systems
    Functions, Institutions, Systems
    The Judiciary as a Branch of Government
    Bicameralism—Do Two Houses Make a Home?
    Degrees of Federalism
    Electoral and Party Systems
    Type of Government
    Recapping
    Appendix: Comparative Data Set
    Further Reading

    Chapter 6: Systems of Government: Parliamentary Options

    Components of Parliamentary Government
    Majority, Minority, or Coalition
    The Government-Formation Process
    The Conclusion of a Government and Its Implications
    A Closer Look at Coalition Government
    Cabinets: Size and Structure
    Executive Dominance
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 7: Systems of Government (2): Degrees of Presidentialism

    Madisonian Presidentialism
    Coalitional Presidentialism in Latin America
    Semi-Presidentialism
    An Exceptional Case: Switzerland
    Conclusion
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 8: Dividing the State: Federalism and Other Options

    Unitary, Federal, Confederal
    Components of Federalism
    Asymmetrical Federalism
    Bicameralism
    Amending Formula
    Non-federal Options
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 9: Who Wants What? The Political Process

    Social Cleavages
    Ideology: The Role of Ideas
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 10: Who Gets In? The Machinery of Democratic Elections

    What Is an Electoral System?
    Criteria for Evaluating Electoral Systems
    Electoral Systems Considered
    Electoral Administration
    References
    Further Readings
    Appendix: Electoral System Data

    Chapter 11: Who is Heard? Varieties of Representation

    Political Parties
    Party Systems
    Election Campaigns
    Organized Interests
    Corporatism
    Social Movements
    Conclusion
    References
    Further Readings

    Chapter 12: The Official Response: Public Policy and Administration

    Two Theories about Public Policy
    Who Does What: Examining the Policy Cycle
    Types of Policy
    The Bureaucracy
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 13: The Rule of Law in Practice: The Justice System

    The Nature of Law
    The Legislative Process
    Direct Democracy
    Private Law
    Administrative Law
    Court Systems
    Rights
    Judicial Review
    Automatic Justice?
    References
    Further Reading

    Chapter 14: Governing in an Age of Decline? Social and Economic Policy

    The Nature of Capitalist Market Society
    Classic Liberalism and Laissez-faire
    Models versus Reality
    The Reform of Market Capitalism
    The Welfare State
    The Age of Deficit and Debt
    Going Forward
    References
    Further Reading
    Appendix: Economic Statistics

    Glossary
    Index

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