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Political Science Today - Vantage Learning Platform

Political Science Today - Vantage Learning Platform

Second Edition

May 2023 | CQ Press

About Political Science Today - Vantage Learning Platform, Second Edition

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New to this Edition:
  • The Second Edition has been updated to include a new chapter on social movements that highlights the many ways in which groups not only have difficulty in organizing and making change, but the many ways in which these changes can be made from outside the political system.
  • Students are drawn in with new chapter updates on events like Black Lives Matter, the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict in the American political system and the January 6th insurrection. These updates highlight the many ways in which politics and political science impact their everyday lives.
  • Chapter 2's discussion on research methods has been expanded to include the different types of variables, expose students to the basics of coding their own data, and help them understand directional relationships.
  • Chapter 3 on political theory includes new discussions on feminist theory and the recent discussions around critical race theory.
  • Chapter 6 on political communications has been revised to heavily focus on the impact of social media, misinformation, and disinformation.
  • Chapter 9 on comparative politics now includes updated and expanded discussions of globalization, including the changing role of the state, authoritarianism and democratic backsliding, and nationalism and ethnic conflict.
Key Features:
  • An innovative organization reflects the reality of the discipline, beginning with foundational tools like theories and research methods, and then building up to subfield chapters covering overviews of Comparative Politics, International Relations, American Government, Political Economy, and Public Policy/Administration.
  • Case studies in each chapter connect the material to real life events that students can use to explore issues in more detail. New case study topics include:
    • New explorations of mass incarceration and systemic racism in Chapter 4: Constitutions, Law, and Justice;
    • COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Chapter 8: American Politics;
    • Social media's role in Myanmar's ethnic cleansing in Chapter 9: Comparative Politics;
    • And the changing forms of warfare in Chapter 10: International Relations.
  • Know a Political Scientist features highlight prominent academics in the discipline. Care has been taken to provide students with a diverse range of theorists.
  • Career Guidance features offer students advice on potential career paths available throughout the subfields of political science.
  • Chapter Summaries, Discussion Questions, and For Further Reading sections at the end of every chapter encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the topics discussed.

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