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Paperback, eBook
432 pp.
119 photos; 17 maps; 9 figures, 8" x 10"


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Imprint: OUP Canada


An Introduction, Third Edition

George A. MacLean, Duncan R. Wood and Lori Turnbull

The most current and clearly written introduction to politics with the perfect balance of international and Canadian examples and cases.

Guiding students through the basics of political ideologies and institutions before moving on to more complex concepts, this text is a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to political studies. With an emphasis on Canadian content while maintaining a global perspective, students will learn how to tie theory to practice using case studies and current examples from Canada and around the world.

Readership : A core text for undergraduate Introduction to Politics courses taught at universities and colleges.


  • "This textbook does a great job in articulating a wide range of complex and relevant concepts in a manner that is appealing and helpful to introductory students. The writing style and organization of the material is superb."

    --Saira Bano, Mount Royal University

  • "The major strengths of this text are its systematic organization covering the four major fields of political science: political theory, Canadian politics, international relations and comparative politics; its reliance on Canadian examples to illustrate points that are made in the text; and the clear discussion of different political concepts by integrating them into the analysis of political development in different areas of the world.

    --Bruce Smardon, York University

List of Boxes
From the Publisher
NOTE: Each chapter includes
- Learning Objectives
- Introduction
- Conclusion
- Self-Assessment Questions
- Weblinks
- Further Reading
- Film and Video Clips

1. Studying Politics
2. Finding a Common Vocabulary: Political Concepts
3. Political Thought, Philosophy, and Ideology
4. The Role of Government
5. Branches of Government
6. Political Systems
7. Political Participation: Elections and Parties
8. Political Socialization and Culture
9. Politics in Developed States
10. Politics in Developing States
11. International Politics and Foreign Policy
12. International Security
13. International Political Economy
14. Conclusion

Instructor's Manual
For each chapter:
- Chapter summary
- Learning objectives
- Key terms and definitions
- 6-8 discussion questions
- 4 debate questions
- 4 in-class activities
- List of teaching aids (including films, websites, and further readings)
PowerPoint slides
For each chapter:
- 30-45 lecture outline slides
Test Generator:
For each chapter:
- 50 multiple-choice questions
- 20 true-or-false questions
- 15 short answer questions
- Answer key
Student Study Guide
For each chapter:
- Chapter outline
- Learning objectives
- Key concepts and definitions
- 15 short-answer study questions
- 4 short essay study questions
- Additional resources (including web links and further readings)
- Annotated lists of podcasts
- Links to film and video clips, with annotations
- Practice quizzes
-- 25 multiple-choice questions
-- 20 true-or-false questions

George A. MacLean is vice-president academic and professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick. He is a specialist in International Politics, focusing on foreign policy, political economy, and security.

Duncan R. Wood is director of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute. He is an internationally renowned specialist on North American politics, Mexico, and US-Mexican ties, who lectures and publishes on hemispheric issues and relations.

Lori Turnbull is director of the School of Public Administration and associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University. She is a past winner of the Donald Smiley Prize (awarded annually by the Canadian Political Science Association to the best book published in a field relating to the study of government and politics in Canada), and the Donner Prize (awarded annually to the best public policy book by a Canadian).

Introduction to Politics - Robert Garner, Peter Ferdinand, Stephanie Lawson and David B. MacDonald
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations - Garrett W. Brown, Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan
Political Argument - Marc Menard
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • Canadian references and examples throughout encourage students to think critically about the nature of politics in a Canadian context.
  • Offers global context by examining the nature of the international system, the complicated issues of global insecurity, and the dynamics of international political economy, giving students a well-rounded introduction to politics.
  • Country case studies examine politics in a comparative context, including new case studies on South Korea and Afghanistan.
  • Encourages political involvement - particularly in the concluding chapter - by connecting students' lives to the text and highlighting their potential for political participation.
  • Gradually builds understanding by introducing students to foundational concepts and ideologies before delving into more complex topics.
  • Written in a clear, engaging style, making difficult concepts accessible to undergraduate students.
  • Dynamic full-colour format uses a visually appealing layout to help students navigate content.
New to this Edition
  • Updated to include recent election results and governments - including the Trudeau government and the Trump presidency.
  • Coverage of topical high-profile issues and events such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, Brexit, cyberattacks, and foreign interference in democratic elections.
  • Updated and increased coverage of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canada's three main political parties, data analytics, and opinion polls.
  • Additional coverage of key topics such as protectionist nationalism, populism, negative campaigning, the politics of climate change, and the new NAFTA.