An Introduction to Politics: Lectures for First-year Students

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Canoe Press, 2002 - Political Science - 135 pages
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This introduction to politics is designed for first-year students in social sciences and for the general reader interested in the basics of contemporary politic. The text's various sections and lecture summaries deal with the important areas of political science, different systems of democratic government, the fall of communism and post-communist politics, as well as issues in Caribbean politics such as globalization, constitutional reform and regional integration. This third edition is fully revised and incorporates new material pertinent to the needs of students in the 21st century.
 

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Contents

Political Behaviour
3
Changes in Political Behaviour and Political Culture
19
SECTION II
29
SECTION III
35
Authoritarian States
41
Types of Democracy
47
The Presidential and Parliamentary Systems of Government
55
SECTION V
79
Reasons for the Collapse of Communism
87
Decolonization
99
Features of Caribbean Parliamentary Democracies
105
Constitutional Reform
111
SECTION VII
117
Globalization
123
APPENDIX
133
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Trevor Munroe is Professor of Government and Politics, University o the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He is the author of several scholarly works, including Renewing Democracy in the New Millennium: The Jamaican Experience in Perspective, and the recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Award for excellence in Teaching in 2000. He is also a leader in Jamaica's labour movement and an independent senator in the Jamaican Parliament.

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