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Governing Subjects: An Introduction to the Study of Politics

Governing Subjects: An Introduction to the Study of Politics
Author: Isaac D. Balbus
ISBN 13: 9780415998901
ISBN 10: 415998905
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2009-11-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $53.95

This introduction to the study of politics highlights the ideas of key thinkers to illustrate how our whole lives are politically conditioned and subject to governance. Looking across every major component of the discipline—at law and institutions, markets and power, and culture and identity—this book encourages students to engage in critical thinking by evaluating arguments for their internal coherence and explanatory power. In addition, it helps them learn to think holistically as it demonstrates that none of these domains can be adequately understood without analyzing the other two. Indeed, the better we understand the connections between these three major areas of politics and governance, the better we understand politics as a whole.