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"Politics" is a new kind of politics textbook. Stimulating, succinct and accessible, it offers a truly comprehensive introduction to the study of politics, written from an international perspective. This second edition takes full account of new developments such as debates about globalization, the impact of the mass media, and the shift from government to governance. It "Politics" is a new kind of politics textbook. Stimulating, succinct and accessible, it offers a truly comprehensive introduction to the study of politics, written from an international perspective. This second edition takes full account of new developments such as debates about globalization, the impact of the mass media, and the shift from government to governance. It also includes new boxed material on major thinkers and key concepts.


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"Politics" is a new kind of politics textbook. Stimulating, succinct and accessible, it offers a truly comprehensive introduction to the study of politics, written from an international perspective. This second edition takes full account of new developments such as debates about globalization, the impact of the mass media, and the shift from government to governance. It "Politics" is a new kind of politics textbook. Stimulating, succinct and accessible, it offers a truly comprehensive introduction to the study of politics, written from an international perspective. This second edition takes full account of new developments such as debates about globalization, the impact of the mass media, and the shift from government to governance. It also includes new boxed material on major thinkers and key concepts.

30 review for Politics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Lather

    One of my many resentments about Goodreads is that it does not have sufficient number of active users who are interested in non-fictional material (political science in particular). Dostoevsky fans can discover on Goodreads, sooner or later, recommendation to read Huxley or Dickens but it's hard for an admirer of Arundhati Roy to discover Slavoj Zizek or Noam Chomsky in similar fashion. It is understandable, in some sense, as theoretical stuff is generally considered as boring and dry, so One of my many resentments about Goodreads is that it does not have sufficient number of active users who are interested in non-fictional material (political science in particular). Dostoevsky fans can discover on Goodreads, sooner or later, recommendation to read Huxley or Dickens but it's hard for an admirer of Arundhati Roy to discover Slavoj Zizek or Noam Chomsky in similar fashion. It is understandable, in some sense, as theoretical stuff is generally considered as boring and dry, so anyone who reads for pleasure would not wish to undertake its cultivation. It is a great loss for anyone who is interested in non fiction because it is extremely rare to find good recommendations and intelligent reviews (except in case of sensationalized books or authors). Be that as it may, this is the worst book on political science theory except all the other books that I have tried on same subject :p Extremely balanced, objective and lucid- anyone who is compelled to know the basics of political society should read this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Salo kaladze

    One word-horrible

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abdifatah

    The most interesting parts for me were the sections on ideologies, it works as a sort of primer for debates you're likely to see when embarking on some sort of political understanding. So in that sense what you gain from this is a framing for political issues through the presentation of varying opinions on a wide range of phenomena. Yet still most of the discussion circles around very mainstream discourse, which is the books chief flaw, for instance; there's no mention of sortition democracy The most interesting parts for me were the sections on ideologies, it works as a sort of primer for debates you're likely to see when embarking on some sort of political understanding. So in that sense what you gain from this is a framing for political issues through the presentation of varying opinions on a wide range of phenomena. Yet still most of the discussion circles around very mainstream discourse, which is the books chief flaw, for instance; there's no mention of sortition democracy outside of half a sentence on the Athenian executive body. I think this misses out a serious part of the conversation on democracy because the implications of the various instantiations of a sortition representation system are far reaching and have the benefit of overcoming a variety of flaws in current representative liberal democracy. If the book had a subtitle it should be ': an introduction' since its method of approach is dealing with topics at the level of appearance. It does however warrant re-readings and it's easy to forget in which way the various fields developed interconnect. Overall I can't say it made any great errors and I'm not sure if you'll find anything that succeeds any more in the realm of impartiality.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marc Chéhab

    Some people here complain about the writing style of Heywood, which I don't see. As a textbook it may be boring, so if your professor made you go through it cover to cover, that's her or his fault and that way this book will kill you! During my BA and MA I used it more as a first introductory step to research or writing essays. That way you don't forget anything. So an essay on, e.g., federalism, I'd read the chapter on decentralisation (and only that) and then take it from there. So I use it Some people here complain about the writing style of Heywood, which I don't see. As a textbook it may be boring, so if your professor made you go through it cover to cover, that's her or his fault and that way this book will kill you! During my BA and MA I used it more as a first introductory step to research or writing essays. That way you don't forget anything. So an essay on, e.g., federalism, I'd read the chapter on decentralisation (and only that) and then take it from there. So I use it more as a work of reference. I'll be honest. Long after my Master's degree I still often go back to this book. Not only to get the basics right, but to get back to basics. Because -- let's be honest -- political science isn't exactly rocket science and the field hasn't developed many irrefutable key insights that it takes superior intelligence to grasp. If you could split political science into on the one hand political philosophy and classical scholarship, and on the other hand the behaviourist science-y stuff, I feel this book is more of the former and gives the latter it's deserved (read 'small') space. So, as a work of reference, wonderful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elie

    This was a slog. Thorough, to be sure, but I had to put it down because I literally could not keep my eyes open on numerous occasions. Plus it is full of typos and other errors. All told - a frustrating read and I wouldn't recommend it, there must be other good introductory politics textbooks out there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cengiz

    This is a great work that I can recommend to the students who are studying at political science dep. The author must have paid a great deal of effort in producing such a unique work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cabir

    ...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Beyrouthy

    This was the textbook we used during my introduction to political science class in fall 2014, and even though the writing style of Heywood is boring, it was never required of a university textbook to be 'satisfying' from a stylistic point of view. I will definitely come back to this book on various occasions in the years to come, if you're interested in politics this is a good introductory guide.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    I found couple mistakes.First big one-''Serbs occupy Kosovo 1999''. How can be posibble when Kosovo was a part of Serbia in 1999.How can one country occupy their own teritory.For me (graduated political scientist)this book is shallow,weak ...I am not sure book was a part of any academic program.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Burak Taşcı

    Trabzon'dan ayrılırken yanında çalıştığım kitapçı istediğim bir kitabı hediye edeceğini söylediğinde bu kitabı seçmiştim. Tanıl Bora'nın Cereyanlar kitabı ile birlikte okumak için yanıp tutuştuğum, beni heyecanlandıran siyasete dair iki kitaptan biriydi Heywood'un Siyaset'i. Başlayıp sonuna kadar araya başka kitap sokmaksızın okuduğum bir kitap olmadı. Aralıklarla, düzensiz bir şekilde okuyarak nihayet bitirdim. Okuyunca da tatmin oldum diyebilirim. Modern siyaseti anlayabilmek için iyi bir Trabzon'dan ayrılırken yanında çalıştığım kitapçı istediğim bir kitabı hediye edeceğini söylediğinde bu kitabı seçmiştim. Tanıl Bora'nın Cereyanlar kitabı ile birlikte okumak için yanıp tutuştuğum, beni heyecanlandıran siyasete dair iki kitaptan biriydi Heywood'un Siyaset'i. Başlayıp sonuna kadar araya başka kitap sokmaksızın okuduğum bir kitap olmadı. Aralıklarla, düzensiz bir şekilde okuyarak nihayet bitirdim. Okuyunca da tatmin oldum diyebilirim. Modern siyaseti anlayabilmek için iyi bir başvuru eseri. Dilinin çok açık ve anlaşılır olması da okumada güçlük çıkarmıyor.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Banga

    "Politics" is a new kind of politics textbook. Stimulating, succinct and accessible, it offers a truly comprehensive introduction to the study of politics, written from an international perspective. This second edition takes full account of new developments such as debates about globalization, the impact of the mass media, and the shift from government to governance. It also includes new boxed material on major thinkers and key concepts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zanela Denise

    Thanks for making me suffer.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mahdi Sharifi

    واسه افرادی که میخوان اصطلاحات سیاسی و خلاصه ای از موضوعات مختلف سیاسی رو بدونن کتاب مفیدیه.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keso Gagoshidze

    საინტერესო ყოფილა პოლიტიკა :დ

  15. 5 out of 5

    Adam Lam

    Introductory political science books are rare, and Heywoods fills the niche effectively. Such books are rare because most political science students don't use a textbook - they begin their studies with a lecture series accompanied by papers in political philosophy. While this approach provides thoroughness and rigour, it lacks the concision and accessibility provided by intro textbooks such as Heywoods's. For a political science student looking to supplement their classes (or a non-specialist Introductory political science books are rare, and Heywoods fills the niche effectively. Such books are rare because most political science students don't use a textbook - they begin their studies with a lecture series accompanied by papers in political philosophy. While this approach provides thoroughness and rigour, it lacks the concision and accessibility provided by intro textbooks such as Heywoods's. For a political science student looking to supplement their classes (or a non-specialist such as myself), Heywoods provides an accessible introduction to the field that is reasonably thorough (at least in my estimation) and not overly dense (~500 pages). Topics in this book highly relevant to current affairs include the role of the state, the views of political liberals and conservatives (and how they've changed over time), the concept of legitimacy (i.e. the 'right to rule' a nation), presidential versus parliamentary executives (i.e. how a U.S. president is elected versus a British prime minister), the division of government into the assembly/judiciary/executive, and globalization.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nouf

    One of the greatest books that help you to understand politics, I 've never finished it although I always use it as my reference book when I was taking my course in political science. It's really HELPFUL ..LOVE IT :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aqwer

    هغعهغعهعغعغ

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mustafa Aqeli

    کتاب هی وود را بهترین کتاب در زمینه ی سیاست یافتم. آنانی که می خواهند بیشتر سیاست بفهمند، باید این کتاب را از چشم دور ندارند واز خوبی های آن بهره مند شوند.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mustafa Aqeli

    بهترین کتابی است که در زمینه ی سیاست نوشته شده است. باور دارم از خواندن اش بهره ها خواهید برد.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mehmet

    Siyaset ve benzer alanlardaki öğrenciler için okuması kolay bir özet.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alberto

  22. 4 out of 5

    Firooz

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Hogg

  24. 4 out of 5

    Demna Janelidze

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Özlem

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nashreney

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elham

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yelp!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

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