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The Resource list of the week – Politics

This week, our Resource List of the Week focuses on Politics. Before starting, let’s give a definition to this topic.

What is Politics?

According to the Collins Dictionary, Politics can be defined as

“…the actions or activities concerned with achieving and using power in a country or society”

To better understand the topic, we suggest you read the following titles and resources.

1. International Relations Theory – Daddow, O.

International Relations Theory

This title covers all the major international relations theories, placing them within their appropriate historical and academic contexts. Furthermore, it offers practical guidance for students, on how to understand the subject matter. Finally, the book is a valuable resource to anyone who wants to master their knowledge of International Relations theory and its relationship to global affairs.

2. Politics and the Concept of the Political – Wiley, J.

Politics and the Concept of the Political

This book discusses the recent trend in contemporary western political theory, consisting of criticizing it with the aim to glamorise politics. Firstly, the title outlines different topics, from criticizing contemporary political theory to showing what a more “politics-centred” political theory would look like. Secondly, it explores the meaning and value of politics in the writings of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Paul Ricoeur, Hannah Arendt, Sheldon Wolin, Claude Lefort, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. Finally, it compares these theorists and the traditions of “the political” in order to defend politics from its critics and to contribute to the development of a “politics-centered” political theory.

3. Principles of Comparative Politics – Clark, W. R., Golder, M.R., and Golder, S.N.

Principles of Comparative Politics

This title is a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the comparative inquiry, research, and scholarship. Firstly, it offers a new intuitive view on statistical analyses as well as a clearer explanation of how to interpret statistical results. Secondly, it includes a chapter on culture and democracy which provides an extensive discussion of cultural modernization theory as well as an overview of survey methods for addressing sensitive topics. Finally, it covers a chapter on dictatorships which incorporates a principal-agent framework for understanding authoritarian institutions.

4. The Globalization of World Politics – Baylis, J., Smith, S., and Owens, P.

The Globalization of World Politics

This book offers comprehensive coverage of the key theories and global issues in world politics. Firstly, it includes chapters which reflect the very latest developments in the field, including those on Feminism, Race and Global relations. Secondly, it provides pedagogical resources to help readers evaluate key political debates as well as apply theory to real-world events. Finally, leading scholars in the field introduce readers to the history, theory, structures and key issues in world politics, providing students with an ideal introduction and a constant guide throughout their studies.

5. Politics: An Introduction – Axford, B, Huggins, R., and Isaacs, R.

Politics: An Introduction

This title provides extensive coverage of topics essential to the understanding of contemporary politics. Firstly, it is ideal for students starting degrees at an introductory level in politics. Secondly, it emphasises the individual and social dimension of politics and covers theories and concepts in an accessible way. Furthermore, it includes examples drawn from Western democracies and other political systems; expanded sections on nationalism, religion, alternative politics, globalisation and ethnic conflict; updated examples from the most contemporary political events; biographies of key political thinkers and figures.

6. Politics.co.uk

Politics.co.uk is a website where to find all the latest UK politics news, features, view and analysis as well as guides, briefings and debates.

7. The Three Languages of Politics – Kling, A.

This book is an exploration of political communication, detailing the “three tribal coalitions” that creates the American political landscape. These include the progressives, conservatives, and libertarians. The author argues that they are “like tribes speaking different languages, so as political discussions do not lead to an agreement. Instead, most political commentary serves to increase this disparity.”

8. Politics and Development: A Critical Introduction – Tornquist, O.  

This academic paper is for those students who are interested in addressing the problems of development in politics, as well as for those learners who may need an introduction to the subject. Indeed, this document can help them to plan a critical study of their own work. Finally, it reviews relevant work within the dominant frameworks to help the reader understand them.

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