Understand Politics: Teach Yourself

Understand Politics: Teach Yourself

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By (author) Peter Joyce

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  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 131mm x 237mm x 22mm | 350g
  • Publication date: 27 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444105221
  • ISBN 13: 9781444105223
  • Sales rank: 499,314

Product description

Is this the right book for me? A complete introduction to politics and the workings of government Focusing on the institutions of government and the political systems operating in liberal democratic states, it will give you an understanding of the operations of these political systems, the key political themes and the differences that exist between them. Using contemporary examples from all over the world, this title is essential reading for all those who want to know more about our world today. Understand Politics includes: Chapter 1: Key issues in the study of politics Chapter 2: Liberal democracy Chapter 3: Political ideologies Chapter 4: Elections and electoral systems Chapter 5: Parties and party systems Chapter 6: Pressure groups Chapter 7: The media Chapter 8: Constitutions Chapter 9: The executive branch of government Chapter 10: The bureaucracy Chapter 11: The legislative branch of government Chapter 12: The judiciary and law enforcement Chapter 13: Sub-national government Chapter 14: The nation state in the modern world Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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Author information

Peter Joyce has worked at Manchester Metropolitan University since 1980 and is currently the Principal Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. He has written widely in the areas of Politics and Criminology.

Table of contents

Preface 01 Key issues in the study of politics 02 Liberal democracy 03 Political ideologies 04 Elections and electoral systems 05 Parties and party systems 06 Pressure groups 07 The media 08 Constitutions 09 The executive branch of government 10 The bureaucracy 11 The legislative branch of government 12 The judiciary and law enforcement 13 Sub-national government 14 The nation state in the modern world Taking it further Index