Power & Choice: An Introduction to Political Science

Power & Choice: An Introduction to Political Science
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McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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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.

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Worst Political Science Text I have I had to endure


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


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


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


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


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 ...


The cover was crumpled but other the that it was okay

Good book


I came on time and helped in my class

Five Stars



School Book


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.



I hate political science. NUFF SAID! I ended up withdrawing from the class so the book wasn't actually needed. -_-

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Book Summary: The title of this book is Power & Choice and it was written by W. Phillips Shively. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. This books publish date is Oct 05, 2011. It was published by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages and has a total of 480 pages in the book. The 10 digit ISBN is 0073526363 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780073526362. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.