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Title:
Politics : made simple
Author:
Thackrah, John Richard, author.
ISBN:
9781483103631
Physical Description:
1 online resource.
Series:
Made simple books

Made simple books (Heinemann (Firm))
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Front Cover; Politics Made Simple; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Part 1: Historical Ideas; Chapter 1. What is politics?; Politics; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 2. Origins of politics; City state; Stoicism; Feudal government; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 3. Renaissance; Renaissance: the idea; Dignity of man; Renaissance humanism; Renaissance historiography; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 4. Reformation; The unity of Christendom: its rise and fall; Reformation; Questions; Chapter 5. Ideas on political duties and responsibilities; The Divine Right of Kings

MachiavelliSocial contract; Romanticism; Idealism; Utilitarianism; Republic; Autocracy; Questions; Further reading; Part 2: Modern Political Ideas and Assumptions; Chapter 6. Sovereignty, constitutions and liberties; Political sovereignty -- power and authority; Democracy; Representative democracy: government and representation; Freedom; Pluralism; Liberalism; Human rights; Patterns of political behaviour; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 7. Capitalism and communism; Elites and class interest groups; Communism; Questions; Further reading

Chapter 8. The practicalities of political theories within capitalist and communist statesMarxism; Socialism; Stalinism; Leninism; Trotskyism; Titoism; Castroism; Eurocommunism; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 9. Anarchism and extremism; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 10. Fascism; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 11. Principles in politics; Morality; Nationalism; Internationalism; Peace and ethics; Non-alignment; Questions; Further reading; Part 3: Political Activities; Chapter 12. Law and politicsThe reign of law; The reign of law; Justice; Political activity and the judiciary

International politics and the international legal systemQuestions; Further reading; Chapter 13. Culture, change and welfare; Culture; Culture and civilization in modern times; The performance of government in a cultural framework; Welfare; Political change; Alternative political systems; Political crises; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 14. Contemporary ideological panaceas; Class conflict; Social reform; New Left; Racialism; New Right; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 15. Ideas unique to the contemporary world; Managerialism; Scientism; Technocracy; Political socialization

Strife and strikesEnvironmentalism and ecology; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 16. Communication and participation; National participation; Interpretations; Parties and television; Public opinion; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 17. Comparative and representative government -- theory; Constitutions and liberties; Separation of powers; Federal and unitary forms; Administration; Bureaucracy; Comparative government; Questions; Further reading; Chapter 18. Comparative and representative governments -- the West; United States; France; United Kingdom; Hong Kong; Australia; New Zealand
Abstract:
Politics: Made Simple covers the historical ideas, modern political ideas and assumptions, political activities, and international issues that encompass the overall study of politics. The book describes the practicalities of political theories within capitalist and communist states, the theoretical analysis of international relations (anarchism, extremism and fascism); contemporary ideological panaceas; and ideas unique to the contemporary world. The text also discusses the theory of comparative and representative government. Students with degree courses in politics will find the book useful.
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Politics: Made Simple covers the historical ideas, modern political ideas and assumptions, political activities, and international issues that encompass the overall study of politics. The book describes the practicalities of political theories within capitalist and communist states, the theoretical analysis of international relations (anarchism, extremism and fascism); contemporary ideological panaceas; and ideas unique to the contemporary world. The text also discusses the theory of comparative and representative government.
Students with degree courses in politics will find the book useful.