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The Challenge of Politics
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The Challenge of Politics
An Introduction to Political Science

Seventh Edition


January 2022 | 520 pages | CQ Press
“[This is] a textbook that offers students a good introduction to the science of politics while emphasizing the moral, empirical, and prudential dimensions of politics.”
 —Prosper Bernard, Jr., College of Staten Island  

The Seventh Edition of The Challenge of Politics by Douglas W. Simon and Joseph Romance balances classic political theory with contemporary politics to help students understand the fundamental questions of political science. The authors relate insights of classic political thinkers both to their modern counterparts and to the political dynamics of American, comparative, and international affairs. With its theme of politics as a scientific study, this book allows students to explore the impact of philosophy and ideology, to recognize major forms of government, to evaluate empirical findings, and to understand how policy issues directly affect people’s lives.
 
PART I • RULES OF THE GAME
 
CHAPTER 1 • Games Politicans Play
 
CHAPTER 2 • Politics and Choice
 
CHAPTER 3 • Politcal Science: Components, Tasks, and Controversies
 
CHAPTER 4 • The Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment of Politics
 
PART II • POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY
 
CHAPTER 5 • The Quest for the Good Political Life
 
CHAPTER 6 • Liberal Democracy
 
CHAPTER 7 • Democratic Socialism and Communism: Ideologies of the Left
 
PART III • AMERICAN, COMPARATIVE, AND WORLD POLITICS
 
CHAPTER 8 • Key Dilemmas: Political Form, Culture, and Values
 
CHAPTER 9 • American Politics and Government
 
CHAPTER 10 • Comparative Politics
 
CHAPTER 11 • International Politics and the Global Community
 
PART IV • POLITICAL JUDGMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
 
CHAPTER 12 • War and Peace in the Modern Age
 
CHAPTER 13 • The Battle on Behalf of Human Rights
 
CHAPTER 14 • The Struggle for Economic Well-Being
 
CHAPTER 15 • The Imperative of Ecological Health

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