Aimed at politics students in their final year of secondary education or beginning their degrees, this highly readable book is the ideal introduction to politics. Doing Politics is a detailed guide to both the study and the activity of politics, which explores why we study politics, what is involved in a politics degree, and the skills and mindset that are needed to tackle the subject.
Key questions are answered, including:
• Just what is politics and how does it affect us?
• Why does politics, and why do politicians, get a bad press?
• How do we study non-traditional forms of politics?
Assuming no prior knowledge, this lively and engaging guide is the perfect introduction to the academic study of politics.
Introduction 1. ‘I don’t do politics’ - what do you do? 2. What is politics? Studying politics today 3. Why does politics get a bad press? 4. Policy Making and Power 5. Institutions and Actors Involved 6. People, power and politics; New Social Movements, Global Civil Society 7. Comparative Politics 8. Connections between Politics and International Relations 9. Conclusion: the importance of politics