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Test Bank For The Challenge of Politics An Introduction to Political Science 6th Edition By Douglas W. Simon, Joseph Romance, Neal Riemer, ISBN: 9781544305967

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Test Bank For The Challenge of Politics An Introduction to Political Science 6th Edition By W. Simon

Test Bank For The Challenge of Politics An Introduction to Political Science 6th Edition By Douglas W. Simon, Joseph Romance, Neal Riemer, ISBN: 9781544305967

“[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  

This updated Sixth Edition of The Challenge of Politics enables students to see how the subfields of political science converge around a set of crucial questions, such as “Can we as citizens and students articulate and defend a view of the good political life and its guiding political values?” “Can we bring political wisdom to bear on judgments about politics and public issues?” and “Can we develop a science of politics to help us understand significant political phenomena—the empirical realities of politics?” Balancing lessons of classic and contemporary theory with contemporary politics and empirical study, the book equips students with the tools they need to explore the impact of philosophy and ideology, recognize major forms of government, evaluate empirical findings, and understand how policy issues directly affect people’s lives. The updated Sixth Edition includes new material on the 2016 presidential elections, the role of social media in politics, and an expanded discussion on the rise of populist movements.

Table Of Content

Tables, Figures, Boxes, and Maps
About the Authors
Preface
Introduction

Political Values

A Science of Politics

Political Wisdom

The Future of Politics and Political Science

PART I. RULES OF THE GAME
CHAPTER 1. Games Politicans Play

The Game of Politics

Wipeout: The Politics of Destruction

Lion and Fox: The Politics of the Nation-State

Civil Disobedience: The Politics of Morality

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 2. Politics and Choice

Five Important Themes

Socrates and the Moral Life: Political Obligation in Ancient Athens

Madison, the New Republic, and Federal Theory: The Struggle for Creative Breakthrough in Modern Politics

The German Citizen and the Nazi Regime: Can Modern Citizens Bear the Burden of Freedom?

John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Perils of Choice in the Nuclear Age

The Decision to Invade Iraq: The Perils of Inaccurate Information and Faulty Assumptions

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 3. Politcal Science: Components, Tasks, and Controversies

The Basic Structure of Political Science

The Three Major Components of Political Science

The Four Major Tasks of Political Science

Continuing Controversies in Political Science

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 4. The Physical, Social, and Cultural Environment of Politics

Propositions and Challenges

The Physical World We Live In

The Biological, Physiological, Psychological, and Social Creatures We Are

The Social Communities We Have Built

The Cultural Universe We Have Created

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

PART II. POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY
CHAPTER 5. The Quest for the Good Political Life

Classical Greek Thought: The Search for Political Excellence

Christianity and the Good Political Life

The Renaissance: Niccolo Machiavelli and the Quest for a Virtuous Republic

Modern Political Thought

Contemporary Political Philosophy

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 6. Liberal Democracy

Toward a Definition of Liberal Democracy

The Ideals of Liberal Democracy

The Sources of Liberal Democracy

Liberalism, Capitalism, and Democracy

Variations on the Liberal Democratic Theme

An Assessment of Liberal Democracy

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 7. Democratic Socialism and Communism: Ideologies of the Left

Democratic Socialism

The Sources of Democratic Socialism

Democratic Socialism as Political Ideology: Pro and Con

Communism

The Sources of Communism

Communism as a Political Ideology and Philosophy: Pro and Con

The Recent Past and Future of Democratic Socialism and Communism

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

PART III. AMERICAN, COMPARATIVE, AND WORLD POLITICS
CHAPTER 8. Key Dilemmas: Political Form, Culture, and Values

Some Key Terms Defined

Patterns for Cooperation, Accommodation, and Conflict Resolution

Democratic Constitutionalism

Constitutional Features

The Values of Nations as Political Actors

Popular Values

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 9. American Politics and Government

American Political Culture

American Political Institutions

Beyond the Constitution: Citizens, Media, Parties, and Elections

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 10. Comparative Politics

Parliamentary Government

Authoritarian Government

Mixed Political Systems

Failed or Fragile States

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 11. International Politics and the Global Community

Post–World War II and Post–Cold War Challenges

Current Patterns in International Politics

Balance of Power

Domination

Multilateralism

Other Forms of Behavior: Neutrality, Nonalignment, and Isolation

Nonstate Actors

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

PART IV. POLITICAL JUDGMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
CHAPTER 12. War and Peace in the Modern Age

Ethical and Empirical Factors

Alternative Approaches to a More Peaceful World

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 13. The Battle on Behalf of Human Rights

Clarifying the Problem

Ethical and Empirical Factors

Alternative Approaches to Securing Human Rights

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 14. The Struggle for Economic Well-Being

Defining Economic Well-Being

Ethical and Empirical Factors

Alternative Approaches to Economic Well-Being

The Critical Role of the International Community

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

CHAPTER 15. The Imperative of Ecological Health

Ethical and Empirical Factors

Alternative Approaches to Ecological Health

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Glossary Terms

Conclusion

A Best-Case Scenario

A Worst-Case Scenario

A Prophetic Planetary Scenario

Suggested Readings

Glossary
Photo Credits
Index