Table of contents for Understanding politics : ideas, institutions, and reform / Thomas M. Magstadt.

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1. Introduction: The Study of Politics. 2. The Idea of the Public Good: Ideologies and Isms. Part I: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS: MODELS AND THEORIES. 3. Utopias: Model States. 4. Constitutional Democracy: Models of Representation. 5. The Authoritarian Model: Myth and Reality. 6. The Totalitarian Model: False Utopias. Part II: ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING DEMOCRACIES. 7. Parliamentary Democracy. 8. States in Transition: Between Democracy and Yesterday. 9. Developing Countries: Democracy or Dictatorship? Part III: POLITICS BY CIVIL MEANS: CITIZENS, LEADERS, AND POLICIES. 10. Political Socialization: The Making of a Citizen. 11. Political Participation: The Price of Influence. 12. Political Leadership: The Many Faces of Power. 13. Issues in Public Policy: Principles, Priorities, and Practices. Part IV: POLITICS BY VIOLENT MEANS: REVOLUTION, WAR, AND TERRORISM. 14. Revolution: In the Name of Justice. 15. Terrorism: Weapon of the Weak. 16. War: Politics by Other Means. Part V: POLITICS WITHOUT GOVERNMENT. 17. International Relations: The Struggle for Power. 18. International Organization(s): Globalization and the Quest for Order. Glossary. Acknowledgments. Index.

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Political science -- Textbooks.