Key Concepts in Politics

Key Concepts in Politics

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By (author) Andrew Heywood

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 18mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333770951
  • ISBN 13: 9780333770955
  • Illustrations note: further reading, glossary, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 227,691

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Concepts are the "tools" with which we think, criticize, argue, explain and analyze. Political concepts are nothing less than the building blocks of political understanding: the political world means what our concepts tell us it means. But political concepts are notoriously slippery and subject to controversy. Indeed, political debate is often a debate about the correct use of political terms. This book provides an accessible and comprehensive guide to the major concepts encountered in political analysis. Each is defined clearly and fully, and its significance for political argument and practice is explored. The introduction explains how political concepts are used and why they are so often abused. The book is arranged thematically, in an accessible way, in order to be of use to students throughout their course of study, especially as a revision aid.

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ANDREW HEYWOOD is Director of Studies and Course Director for Politics at Orpington College. He is the author of Political Ideologies (second edition), Political Theory (second edition), and Key Concepts in Politics. He is an A-Level Chief Examiner in Government and Politics.

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Andrew Heywood's book is truly amazing. Its concise nature makes it one of the best books around. I would highly recommend it to any Government and Politics students. - Amazon Reviewer

Table of contents

The Uses and Abuses of Political Concepts Basic Concepts Ideologies Approaches Values Systems Structures Levels Further Reading Glossary of Political Thinkers Bibliography Index