Understanding the Political World: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science

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Longman, 2003 - Political Science - 520 pages
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Both students and instructors praise this best-selling introduction to political science, which offers a comprehensive and highly readable explanation of how political science helps us understand the contemporary world. Danziger's rich, comparative perspective illuminates how politics works at the individual, group, national, and global levels. Students value its relevance to current situations, its engaging, personal writing style, and the many intriguing examples (including more than 60 boxed discussions) from every part of the world that make concepts more vivid and memorable. The numerous political cartoons, compelling photographs, maps, and analytic diagrams effectively sustain students' interest and elaborate on every major topic. Instructors appreciate the book's comprehensive coverage of key theories and concepts and the logical manner in which it explores many of the interesting questions addressed by political scientists. - NEW - Key Concepts and Website addresses added to the end of each chapter. - Expanded discussion of major political ideologies (conservatism, classical liberalism) explaining the social context in which the ideologies emerged (Ch. 2). - Boxed feature d

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Dear Dr. Danzinger,
I am a snap-shot reader of your book. I think it is way boring for me to read from end to end and then take an exam with you. That's why, I never attend at UCI for political
education under your and the department guidance. I think there is a serious attention need to be draw into your introduction of political science to children who signed up for your class without any thought that they might run into fatal damage of family and personal reputation in life for the fact that many do not understand the separations of duty between the Soldier and the States, instead they understand the separation of civilian and military without any thought of paying their services or what of their interests to those who need helps in political volunteer work.
I am a political activist, and I am also a soldier in the United States Army who is trying not to be so visible to the public for the fact that I am fighting again Abortion and other Human Right Issues. I am a moralist who wants to share my understanding of human life and dignity and I am trying to improve human excellence in many ways. However, I got into trouble with office's politicians in military bases whose understanding of political science through text books that is not carefully written in which produce many politicians who made natural laws illegal. On the other hand, I don't think a political activist or a local politician part time in civilian attire would damage my military services.
While there were soldiers/officers in the National Guard, for example, former president George W. Bush assisted his family on election without being charged as pro-war or anti-war military personnel, according to military legal inspection. Thank to his introduction of "Foot Soldier" and the chapter of ecstasy of political gladiator that the Army might thought that all political activists are people of the anti-war movement of the 1960s whose use homosexual flag for peace and disorder. Not all people who read their bias and try to understand their sub culture belong to their group, which is the simple explanation to those who try to use unprofessional academic approach to understand reality of academia. In the same analogy, I would say not all political activists are military disordered personnel as political Gladiator in term of "Foot Soldier."
I hope you and readers understand.
Thank you.


PART ONE On Knowing the Political World
PART TWO Political Behavior

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James N. Danziger is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, where he also has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, campus-wide Dean of Undergraduate Education, Chair of the Academic Senate, and Associate Director of the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations. He is recipient of many honors and awards, including a Marshall Scholarship (to Great Britain), a Foreign Area Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa, and an IBM Faculty Award. He received the first UC Irvine Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Teaching in 1987 and the UC Irvine Distinguished Service Award in 1997. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, and he has held visiting appointments at the universities of Aarhus (Denmark), Pittsburgh, and Virginia. His research has received awards from the American Political Science Association and the American Society for Public Administration. He has published extensively, particularly on information technology and politics, and he is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research. He has also been an active participant in local politics.

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