From the award-winning team behind the International Encyclopaedia of Political Science... Moving beyond mainstream “traditional” approaches to bring you a new advanced-level introduction to political science. A perfect introduction for postgraduates who are new to political science, as well as upper-level undergraduates looking to broaden and deepen their understanding of core topics, this progressive account: • Guides you through all key areas of political science: origins, methodological foundations, key topics, and current issues • Takes an international and pluralist perspective with all issues explored in a comparative way related to different cultural and historical contexts • Includes pulled-out descriptions of major concepts, further reading and self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter.

Introduction:: Origins of political science and basic definition

Introduction:: Origins of political science and basic definition

Introduction: Origins of political science and basic definition

Politics has always been a key aspect of human life. Like the weather, everyone is affected by it, and since the times of the Greek classics humankind has attempted to come to grips with its empirical and normative implications. Politics and political science have been changing over time, and have been even more deeply transformed during the second half of the last century in every part of an ever-smaller world. Empirical research and theoretical reflections on politics and its multiple connections with all other aspects of human life have developed enormously during this period and now virtually cover all parts of the world and their growing interdependence. This concerns, for ...

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