Power and Choice, Thirteenth Edition is a comparative, conceptual introduction to political science which involves students in the dramatic and interesting variety of politics around the world; students clearly are the audience of this text. The theme of “power and choice,” based on a definition of politics as the making of collective choices for a group or state through the use of power, runs through much of the text. The text is organized topically, rather than by county-by-country, and provides in-depth examples at the conclusion of most chapters.
Worst Political Science Text I have I had to endure
By Emilia Jane on Mar 16, 2013
Possibly the worst political science textbook I have had to endure. Quoting Shively: "Courts are an odd part of the [U.S.] government . . . . The oddity lies in that they [the federal courts] are part of the government but must judge fairly among the citizens of the state, including those in the government." The odd thing about that statement and Shively's text book is that Shively admits his opinions, biases, and inappropriate non-facts. The book misrepresents facts and realities of governments in broad, sweeping generalizations that cannot be factual or true except in the specific cases Shively does not indicate. Shively is ambivalent in places and contradictory in assessments throughout the text. I questioned why and how I could be tested on the material in this book. I have successful challenged test questions based upon the text because of Shively's immodest generalizations. In coursework and a textbook, students seeks facts and factual information rather than a book that comes across as biased as this text. His chapter on "laws and Courts" as enough mistakes that a doctor of political science ought to be qashamed he wrote the text.
Good condition as described
By Mr.bi04 on Aug 26, 2014
Arrive as fast as expected . I received it with just some folds at the border, which is not something that I concern. The pages are neat, white almost like new. Glad I bought a good condition book for a low price. Thank you.
Good Start for Political Science
By Jack on Aug 01, 2014
This book was required for my Introduction to Political Science class and it had some great information. Unfortunately, most of the information wasn't chronological which made it difficult for me to understand. Several of the examples used in the book are now out of date which is disappointing. A great book for starting political science but wouldn't recommend referring back to it after reading it.
Not very clear
By Mary on Feb 15, 2014
I did not find the book to be easy to understand ; the author is unorganized in separating topics and in making sense . Even our professor said that the book is not clear on things ( I really do not know why she then chose it for our political science course: 101 )
Okay for used
By Daphne Burkins on Jan 27, 2014
Book is in decent condition. The price is better than full retail price. I basically just need it to be legible. Ink spilled on a few pages but can read thru the ink. For the price I would buy from vendor again.
The cover was crumpled but other the that it was ...
By Martha Mazzola on Oct 27, 2014
The cover was crumpled but other the that it was okay
By Antoinette on Sep 14, 2014
I came on time and helped in my class
By Juan on Sep 17, 2014
By Bobby on Mar 25, 2013
I rented this book for school, and it served its purpose. As for the condition of the book it is actually quite good for a rental.
By Amra Plavcic on Feb 26, 2013
I hate political science. NUFF SAID! I ended up withdrawing from the class so the book wasn't actually needed. -_-