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ISBN-13: 978-0333961803 ISBN-10: 0333961803 Edition: 3rd
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"Political Theory: An Introduction not only provides a remarkably lucid and informative analysis of a wide variety of theories and concepts, it also skillfully illustrates their relevance to modern-day political debates and developments...This is a fascinating and highly informative text which is clearly organized and written with wonderful clarity. Heywood conveys not only his undoubted expertise but also his enthusiasm for the subject...at 400 pages, it represents excellent value for money."--Peter Dorey, Talking Politics

"...an impressively comprehensive and clearly written volume...He writes clearly and smartly."--Harvey J. Kaye, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Here is a marvellous introductory tour through the territory of political theory ...Heywood has charted the area so clearly and matched his lucid thinking with such accessible prose that his guided tour is a tour de force, an ideal primer for new students of politics at both advanced and university level."--Jessica Saraga, Times Educational Supplement
"Political Theory is a lucid and highly engaging introduction to political theory. Heywood covers a large range of ideas and issues and he is particularly good at taking a synoptic view of these and making them accessible for those coming to political theory for the first time. No matter how high the ideal or how abstract the concept, he never fails to make it intelligible and to illustrate its relevance for the real world of politics."--Peter Jones, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

"A brilliant text; superbly organized in terms of the complex subject matter, very perceptive and wonderfully clearly written. Quite the best book on political ideas available."--Bill Jones, University of Manchester

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Andrew Heywood is Director of Studies at Croydon College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd edition (September 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333961803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333961803
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2007
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This is simply the best text on intro to political theory I've ever read. As a philosophy grad, this would be the one I'd use in the classroom as the primary text. Heywood is very thorough and detailed, but presents the material in such a way that it is very accessible to anyone interested in learning more about political concepts and process.
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By RancidSeoul on October 2, 2011
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I had to get this book for one of my political science classes. First thing I can say that it is unbelievably dry. It is not hard to read but just one of those books you could read if you have trouble falling asleep. The coverage of the materials in the book are informative, I think it could have been done a little better. I do not recommend this for leisure material, only if you are required for a class or like situation.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2000
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I've to know what this book says for my elective course, Introduction to Political Science, in Istanbul Bilgi University - Faculty of Law. If you are not a native English speaker, it may be hard to study. I advise you to develop your English before being responsible about the content of this book. I rate it as 4-stars because it is really well-prepared.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Volker on September 12, 2010
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The only reason I bought and have read this book was for my Political Theory book or else I would not have purchased this.
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