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Political Science Today

Political Science Today

Second Edition

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Political Science (General)

June 2023 | 360 pages | CQ Press
Political Science Today by Wendy Whitman Cobb gives students a holistic view of political science by dedicating one chapter to each area of study within the discipline. The Second Edition uses a field-based approach that allows students to sample what the major has to offer and come away with a basic understanding of how politics—any kind of politicsaffects their everyday lives. The book also provides students with an overview of the skills and possibilities they'll encounter as majors, including developing critical thinking skills, conducting and consuming research, and understanding the unique career opportunities after graduation.

The book's table of contents begins with foundational tools like theories and research methods, then builds up to subfield chapters on Comparative Politics, International Relations, American Government, Political Economy, and Public Policy and Administration.
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Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: What Is Political Science?
Chapter 2: Research Methods
Chapter 3: Political Theory
Part II: Institutions and Behavior
Chapter 4: Constitutions, Law, and Justice
Chapter 5: Electoral and Party Systems
Chapter 6: Political Communications
Chapter 7: Social Movements and Political Change
Part III: Subfields
Chapter 8: American Politics
Chapter 9: Comparative Politics
Chapter 10: International Relations
Chapter 11: Political Economy
Chapter 12: Public Policy and Public Administration


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Wendy N. Whitman Cobb

Wendy N. Whitman Cobb is a professor at the US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) in Montgomery, Alabama. She earned her PhD in political science from the University of Florida following undergraduate work at the University of Central Florida. Her work focuses on institutions and public policy, particularly as it concerns space exploration policy. Before joining the faculty at SAASS, she was associate professor of political science at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Previous books include Unbroken Government: Success and the Illusion of Failure in Policymaking, The Politics of Cancer: Malignant Indifference,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781071844564