This new edition is more global and engaging with a focus on contemporary political challenges such as how to establish and expand human rights, protect the environment, reduce poverty, and create a more peaceful world. It presents a clear explanation of the basics of politics, while at the same time raising challenging questions that will encourage readers to think deeply about the contemporary political world. Readers will learn about the contending perspectives that are used to understand the world, the problems of the five-sixths of the world that live in poverty, and the global political system of the twenty-first century.
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“I congratulate the authors on their outstanding textbook. Many speak of writing textbooks, a few try, but very few succeed as Mintz, Close and Croci have done in conveying so much complexity with such elegance and simplicity. I admire the text and am pleased with my students’ reactions.”
Dr. Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Huron University College, U. Western Ontario.
The authors continue to present a clear explanation of the basics of politics, while at the same time raising challenging questions that will encourage Canadian students to think deeply about the contemporary political world.
N ew to This Edition
In this new edition a number of additions and changes improve the book, starting with a modified organization to reduce the number of chapters to 18. Other changes include:
· A new chapter on freedom, equality, and democracy (Chapter 3)
· An expanded discussion of environmentalism (Chapter 5)
· Discussion of the 2008 elections in Canada and the United States and the 2010 British election (Chapter 8)
· The “Tea Party ” movement in the United States, which developed in 2009 to challenge what it deemed to be “big government” (Chapter 9)
· The differences between democratic and non-democratic government (Chapter 11)
· The major changes to the European Union in December 2009 (Chapter 13)
· The “miracle economies” of India and the People’s Republic of China (Chapter 17)
· Radical and constructivist approaches to understanding international politics (Chapter 18)About the Author:
Eric Mintz is an associate professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests include Canadian politics, political parties and elections, and environmental politics. He is the lead author of Democracy, Diversity, and Good Government: An Introduction to Politics in Canada (Pearson Canada, 2011).
David Close is a Political Science Professor at Memorial University. His areas of specialization are Nicarauguan politics and Latin American politics in general.
Osvaldo Croci is a professor of International Politics at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His areas of research include Canadian and Italian foreign and securities policies, transatlantic relations, as well as sport and politics and language and politics.
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