The Challenge of Politics

Author: Neal Riemer
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1506323480
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The Challenge of Politics introduces students to the fundamental questions of political science. With a distinctive normative approach that portrays politics as a potentially humanizing enterprise, authors Neal Riemer, Douglas W. Simon and Joseph Romance equip readers to recognize major forms of government, evaluate research findings, and understand how policy issues directly affect people’s lives. This comprehensive text balances classic and contemporary political theory with current events and empirical study. The Fifth Edition is fully revised to reflect recent national and international developments, including a new chapter on American Politics and Government.

The Challenge of Politics

Author: Neal Riemer
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1506323499
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Challenge of Politics introduces students to the fundamental questions of political science. With a distinctive normative approach that portrays politics as a potentially humanizing enterprise, authors Neal Riemer, Douglas W. Simon and Joseph Romance equip readers to recognize major forms of government, evaluate research findings, and understand how policy issues directly affect people’s lives. This comprehensive text balances classic and contemporary political theory with current events and empirical study. The Fifth Edition is fully revised to reflect recent national and international developments, including a new chapter on American Politics and Government.

The Challenge of Politics An Introduction to Political Science

Author: Neal Riemer
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1483304825
Format: PDF
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Political science is too often introduced to students as a segmented field. The Challenge of Politics instead shows how the subfields converge around a set of crucial questions: can we articulate a view of the good political life? Can we develop a science of politics to help us understand political phenomena? Can we bring political wisdom to bear on judgments about politics and public issues? Can citizens and students creatively address the future of politics? Challenge gives students an avenue to explore the impact of philosophy and ideology, to recognize major forms of government, to evaluate empirical findings, and to understand how policy issues affect people's lives. Throughout, the authors Neal Riemer, Douglas W. Simon, and Joseph Romance look at political dynamics of American, comparative, and international affairs. Based on reviewer feedback, revision highlights include: Major streamlining to chapters 7 and 13 Coverage of events like the global financial crisis, recent elections in the U.S. and elsewhere, and the aftermath of the Arab Spring

Understanding Political Science Research Methods

Author: Maryann Barakso
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136622381
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This text starts by explaining the fundamental goal of good political science research—the ability to answer interesting and important questions by generating valid inferences about political phenomena. Before the text even discusses the process of developing a research question, the authors introduce the reader to what it means to make an inference and the different challenges that social scientists face when confronting this task. Only with this ultimate goal in mind will students be able to ask appropriate questions, conduct fruitful literature reviews, select and execute the proper research design, and critically evaluate the work of others. The authors' primary goal is to teach students to critically evaluate their own research designs and others’ and analyze the extent to which they overcome the classic challenges to making inference: internal and external validity concerns, omitted variable bias, endogeneity, measurement, sampling, and case selection errors, and poor research questions or theory. As such, students will not only be better able to conduct political science research, but they will also be more savvy consumers of the constant flow of causal assertions that they confront in scholarship, in the media, and in conversations with others. Three themes run through Barakso, Sabet, and Schaffner’s text: minimizing classic research problems to making valid inferences, effective presentation of research results, and the nonlinear nature of the research process. Throughout their academic years and later in their professional careers, students will need to effectively convey various bits of information. Presentation skills gleaned from this text will benefit students for a lifetime, whether they continue in academia or in a professional career. Several distinctive features make this book noteworthy: A common set of examples threaded throughout the text give students a common ground across chapters and expose them to a broad range of subfields in the discipline. Box features throughout the book illustrate the nonlinear, "non-textbook" reality of research, demonstrate the often false inferences and poor social science in the way the popular press covers politics, and encourage students to think about ethical issues at various stages of the research process.

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Author: Robert Hislope
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521765161
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This accessible introduction to comparative politics offers a fresh, state-centered perspective on the fundamentals of political science.

Anthropology and Political Science

Author: Myron J. Aronoff
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 085745725X
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What can anthropology and political science learn from each other? The authors argue that collaboration, particularly in the area of concepts and methodologies, is tremendously beneficial for both disciplines, though they also deal with some troubling aspects of the relationship. Focusing on the influence of anthropology on political science, the book examines the basic assumptions the practitioners of each discipline make about the nature of social and political reality, compares some of the key concepts each field employs, and provides an extensive review of the basic methods of research that "bridge" both disciplines: ethnography and case study. Through ethnography (participant observation), reliance on extended case studies, and the use of "anthropological" concepts and sensibilities, a greater understanding of some of the most challenging issues of the day can be gained. For example, political anthropology challenges the illusion of the "autonomy of the political" assumed by political science to characterize so-called modern societies. Several chapters include a cross-disciplinary analysis of key concepts and issues: political culture, political ritual, the politics of collective identity, democratization in divided societies, conflict resolution, civil society, and the politics of post-Communist transformations.

Political Polling in the Digital Age

Author: Robert K. Goidel
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 0807137839
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In this collection of essays, contributors place recent developments in public-opinion polling, such as during the 2008 presidential election, into a broader historical context, examining how to construct accurate meanings from public-opinion surveys and analyzing the future of public-opinion polling.

Mothers and Others

Author: Melanee Thomas
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 0774834617
Format: PDF
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The first major comparative analysis of parenthood in politics, Mothers and Others brings together leading scholars of gender and politics to discuss the role of parental status in political life. Examining three main areas of citizen engagement within the political system – parenthood and political careers, parenthood and the media, and parenthood and political behaviour – they argue that being a parent is a gendered identity that influences how, why, and to what extent women (and men) engage with politics. This raises important questions about how career politicians, voters, and the media navigate the intersection of gender, parental status, and politics.

Political Science

Author: Rod Hague
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137601248
Format: PDF, ePub
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Long established as the leading text in the field, the new edition has been comprehensively updated and rewritten. Accessible, student-friendly and truly international in its coverage, this edition includes more on authoritarian states as well as a much wider variety of country studies more generally.

A Model Discipline

Author: Kevin A. Clarke
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019538220X
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Political science is an intensely quantitative discipline, and models are central. Political scientists use models—formal and informal, statistical and qualitative—to investigate and illuminate causal mechanisms, generate comparative data, and understand the conditions under which certain outcomes are expected to occur. But how do we justify and rationalize the method? Why test predictions from a deductive, and thus truth-preserving, system? David Primo and Kevin Clarke tackle these central questions in this novel work of methodology.