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The Challenge of Politics
An Introduction to Political Science

Seventh Edition


January 2022 | 500 pages | CQ Press
“[This is] a textbook that offers students a good introduction to the science of politics while emphasizing the moral, empirical, and prudential dimensions of politics.”
 —Prosper Bernard, Jr., College of Staten Island  

This updated Seventh Edition of The Challenge of Politics enables students to see how the subfields of political science converge around a set of crucial questions, such as “Can we as citizens and students articulate and defend a view of the good political life and its guiding political values?” “Can we bring political wisdom to bear on judgments about politics and public issues?” and “Can we develop a science of politics to help us understand significant political phenomena—the empirical realities of politics?” Balancing lessons of classic and contemporary theory with contemporary politics and empirical study, the book equips students with the tools they need to explore the impact of philosophy and ideology, recognize major forms of government, evaluate empirical findings, and understand how policy issues directly affect people’s lives. The updated Seventh Edition includes new material on the 2020 presidential elections, "positive" and "negative" freedom, and an expanded discussion on the effectiveness of international institutions. 
 
PART I • RULES OF THE GAME
 
CHAPTER 1 • Games Politicans Play
 
CHAPTER 2 • Politics and Choice
 
CHAPTER 3 • Politcal Science: Components, Tasks, and Controversies
 
CHAPTER 4 • The Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment of Politics
 
PART II • POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY
 
CHAPTER 5 • The Quest for the Good Political Life
 
CHAPTER 6 • Liberal Democracy
 
CHAPTER 7 • Democratic Socialism and Communism: Ideologies of the Left
 
PART III • AMERICAN, COMPARATIVE, AND WORLD POLITICS
 
CHAPTER 8 • Key Dilemmas: Political Form, Culture, and Values
 
CHAPTER 9 • American Politics and Government
 
CHAPTER 10 • Comparative Politics
 
CHAPTER 11 • International Politics and the Global Community
 
PART IV • POLITICAL JUDGMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
 
CHAPTER 12 • War and Peace in the Modern Age
 
CHAPTER 13 • The Battle on Behalf of Human Rights
 
CHAPTER 14 • The Struggle for Economic Well-Being
 
CHAPTER 15 • The Imperative of Ecological Health

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