Political Science An Introduction 13th Edition by Michael G. Roskin
New to This Edition
Instructor input, the rapid march of events, and the shift to digitalization brought
some changes to the thirteenth edition:
• Each chapter now begins with Learning Objectives, which keys to the chapter’s
main headings to encourage preparing for exams and quizzes. We first
tried this with the latest edition of my Countries and Concepts, an introductory
comparative text, and instructors like it. Questions to Consider, which previously
led the chapter, has been moved to the end of each chapter as Review
• The angry, polarizing 2012 U.S. election now opens Chapter 1.
• The debate over whether Iraq could sustain democracy illustrates the relevance
of theory in Chapter 2.
• The 2012 U.S. elections show how Americans can turn ideological. A new box
on China’s “Authoritarian Capitalism” is added to Chapter 3.
• Somalia, the best example of a failed state, now leads into our discussion of
nations and states in Chapter 4.
• The 2013 revelations of massive surveillance of Americans’ phone calls and
e-mails leads into Chapter 5’s discussion of rights.
• Beijing’s backdown in Hong Kong’s 2012 “election” illustrates how democracy
is contentious and contagious in Chapter 6.
• The new social media, used especially by young people, are changing political
communications in Chapter 9.
• The 2010 Citizens United decision brought “super-PACs” and a new dimension
to interest groups in Chapter 10.
• U.S. parties have abandoned their centrism and polarized ideologically in
• The polarization and paralysis of the U.S. Congress that horrified many now
introduces Chapter 13.
• The recent economic slump was a “contraction,” something deeper and
than an ordinary recession is now in Chapter 16.
As ever, I am open to all instructor comments, including those on the number,
coverage, and ordering of chapters. Would, for example, a textbook of 14 chapters—
one for each week of a typical semester—be a better organization?