Political Science Textbooks

Read more about Public Policy: Origins, Practice, and Analysis

Public Policy: Origins, Practice, and Analysis

Contributors: Martin, Lee Jr., and Hall

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

License: CC BY-SA

Public Policy: Origins, Practice, and Analysis

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Read more about A la defensa del disenso - 1st Edition

A la defensa del disenso - 1st Edition

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Borradaile

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-NC

A la defensa del disenso es una introducción a la criptografía que atiende los efectos sociales de la vigilancia, así como el potencial de protección que brinda el cifrado, con un enfoque en los movimientos sociales nacidos en Estados Unidos. Cada capítulo termina con una historia que aporta un contexto social al material: desde la vigilancia contra protestas contemporáneas en Estados Unidos, hasta la forma en que el Congreso Nacional Africano usó cifrado parcialmente manual para luchar contra el Apartheid en la Sudáfrica de los años 80 del siglo pasado.

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Read more about Introduction to Political Science

Introduction to Political Science

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributors: Rom, Hidaka, and Walker

Publisher: OpenStax

License: CC BY

Designed to meet the scope and sequence of your course, OpenStax Introduction to Political Science provides a strong foundation in global political systems, exploring how and why political realities unfold. Rich with examples of individual and national social action, this text emphasizes students’ role in the political sphere and equips them to be active and informed participants in civil society. Learn more about what this free, openly-licensed textbook has to offer you and your students.

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Read more about La política petrolera en el gobierno de la revolución ciudadana: El caso del Campo Sacha

La política petrolera en el gobierno de la revolución ciudadana: El caso del Campo Sacha

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: García-Osorio

Publisher: Editorial Grupo AEA

License: CC BY-NC-SA

En la primera parte, se realiza un resumen del manejo del petróleo a partir de 1972 hasta la actualidad, así como también se describe la política petrolera aplicada por los gobiernos, desde la administración del doctor Oswaldo Hurtado hasta la administración del señor Guillermo Lasso. En la segunda, se analiza el entorno jurídico en el contexto de los recursos naturales especialmente del petróleo, en el marco de la Ley de Hidrocarburos y de la Constitución de la República del Ecuador. Y en la tercera, se analiza la producción en el Campo Sacha, adjudicada a ORNCEM mediante el contrato de servicios específicos y de acuerdo a sus dos contratos modificatorios. Se concluye con algunas consideraciones que se deben tomar en cuenta y que llaman a la reflexión cuando se proponen y ejecutan contratos cuyo beneficio no es el mejor para el país. Por otro lado, los bosques son grandes “limpiadores” de dióxido de carbono, al ser destruidos se anula su potencial de absorción y, por lo tanto, contribuyen al calentamiento global del planeta por el incremento de gases de efecto invernadero, razón por la cual, se debe contrarrestar la deforestación.

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Read more about America: The User’s Manual - Second Edition

America: The User’s Manual - Second Edition

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Kantack

Publisher: Tekakwitha Press

License: CC BY-NC

This is a free textbook written for introductory undergraduate courses in American politics. It may also be suitable for precocious high school students, as well as non-students who are interested in learning how American government works.

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Read more about The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands

The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Wolters and Steel

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-NC

In this volume, Erika Allen Wolters and Brent Steel have brought together the experts who can explain the evolution of public lands policies and politics in all their complexities. While their subject is complex, their prose is clear, and while their subject is torn by some of the most viciously self-interested, deceitful arguments in politics today, their prose is calm, factual, and evenhanded. No one should underestimate what a rare and valuable gift this is.

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Read more about Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction

Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Vézina

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

License: CC BY-NC

Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction takes a “pluralist” approach and, in addition to being the first open textbook on its subject, also pushes back against the Eurocentric tendencies of standard textbooks by including chapters on Indigenous worldviews and Confucianism. Providing the latest scholarship on “classical ideologies” (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, etc.), the textbook also includes innovative chapters on populism, feminism, and multiculturalism, as well as looking at the future of ideologies in a globalized world. Joining together scholars from Canada and beyond, the text also contains discussion questions to help students and readers to think further.

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Read more about Open Judicial Politics - 2nd Edition

Open Judicial Politics - 2nd Edition

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Solberg, Diascro, and Waltenburg

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

The impetus for this volume was a multitude of conversations regarding pedagogy and teaching related to our judicial process courses. Based on these conversations, we identified four main threads or needs of our colleagues: First, many of us bring or want to bring more “political science” into our classes, though we also want to avoid the high costs of reinventing successful existing courses to do so. Second, our programs all require a political methodology course, and we want to reinforce those lessons in our substantive courses. We want to encourage our students’ understanding of how to read and understand research studies as well as how to craft their own research questions. Third, we want to keep our courses as current as possible. And fourth, we wanted to find a way to bring the cost of our courses down, as we see so many students struggle with the high costs of a college degree. This volume (as well as any future editions) addresses each of these concerns. Open Judicial Politics is a compilation of new and original research in judicial politics written specifically for the undergraduate audience, thus providing accessible examples of political science research that also address some of the more current concerns and controversies in our field. Additionally, every article is accompanied by some type of classroom activity—from basic discussion questions to full-blown simulations—that makes it easier for instructors to adapt the material to their courses and enhance classes with interactives. The chapters of the volume generally follow the well-worn path of most textbooks of judicial politics, making the volume an easy companion for adoption, and the material should fit seamlessly into the preestablished structures of most courses. Finally, the volume is an open-source resource, and adoption of the text adds no cost for our students. Whether one uses one or ten articles, the cost remains nil. This volume includes twenty-two original contributions that we have grouped into nine parts. The studies cover the breadth and scope of the field of judicial politics, with attention to appellate and trial courts, national high courts and intermediate appellate courts, and US courts and their international counterparts, thus providing a large range of materials to complement any judicial process course or text. We are especially pleased that undergraduate students played key roles in the creation of several of these studies, performing data collection and analysis as well as complete authorship from stem to stern. For the second edition, we have added fifteen articles that continue to illustrate key concepts and aspects of judicial politics, following the same formula of empirical research tailored to an undergraduate audience, accompanied by a variety of classroom activities.

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Read more about Attenuated Democracy:  A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

Attenuated Democracy: A Critical Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Hubert

Publisher: Salt Lake Community College

License: CC BY-NC-SA

The U.S. political system suffers from endemic design flaws and is notable for the way that a small subset of Americans—whose interests often don’t align with those of the vast majority of the population—wields disproportionate power. Absent organized and persistent action on the part of ordinary Americans, the system tends to serve the already powerful. That’s why this text is called Attenuated Democracy. To attenuate something is to make it weak or thin. Democracy in America has been thin from the beginning and continues to be so despite some notable progress in voting rights. As political scientists Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens wrote, “The essence of democracy is not just having reasonably satisfactory policies; the essence of democracy is popular control of government, with each citizen having an equal voice.” (1) Since this is likely to be your only college-level course on the American political system, it is important to point out the structural weaknesses of our system and the thin nature of our democracy. Whenever you get the chance—in the voting booth, in your job, perhaps if you hold elected office—I encourage you to do something about America’s attenuated democracy.

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Read more about Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience

Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributors: Farrington, Powell, and Graham

Publisher: Encompass Digital Archive

License: CC BY

Slavery to Liberation: The African American Experience gives instructors, students, and general readers a comprehensive and up-to-date account of African Americans’ cultural and political history, economic development, artistic expressiveness, and religious and philosophical worldviews in a critical framework. It offers sound interdisciplinary analysis of selected historical and contemporary issues surrounding the origins and manifestations of White supremacy in the United States. By placing race at the center of the work, the book offers significant lessons for understanding the institutional marginalization of Blacks in contemporary America and their historical resistance and perseverance.

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