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Is this the right book for me? A complete introduction to politics and the workings of government Focusing on the institutions of government and the political systems operating in liberal democratic states, it will give you an understanding of the operations of these political systems, the key political themes and the differences that exist between them. Using contemporary examples from all over the world, this title is essential reading for all those who want to know more about our world today. Understand Politics includes: Chapter 1: Key issues in the study of politics Chapter 2: Liberal democracy Chapter 3: Political ideologies Chapter 4: Elections and electoral systems Chapter 5: Parties and party systems Chapter 6: Pressure groups Chapter 7: The media Chapter 8: Constitutions Chapter 9: The executive branch of government Chapter 10: The bureaucracy Chapter 11: The legislative branch of government Chapter 12: The judiciary and law enforcement Chapter 13: Sub-national government Chapter 14: The nation state in the modern world Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.