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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

Iain McLean , Alistair McMillan
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26 Feb 2009 Oxford Paperback Reference
This best-selling dictionary contains over 1,700 entries on all aspects of politics. Written by a leading team of political scientists, it embraces the whole multi-disciplinary specturm of political theory including political thinkers, history, institutions, and concepts, as well as notable current affairs that have shaped attitudes to politics. An appendix contains timelines listing the principal office-holders of a range of countries including the UK, Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and China. Fully revised and updated for the 3rd edition, the dictionary includes a wealth of new material in areas such as international relations, political science, political economy, and methodologies, as well as a chronology of key political theorists. It also boasts entry-level web links that don't go out of date. These can be accessed via a regularly checked and updated companion website, ensuring that the links remain relevent, and any dead links are replaced or removed. The dictionary has international coverage and will prove invaluable to students and academics studying politics and related disciplines, as well as politicians, journalists, and the general reader seeking clarification of political terms.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (26 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199205167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199205165
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.2 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Iain McLean is official fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford, and Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford. He has held visiting appointments at Stanford and Yale. His books include Public Choice (1987) and Rational Choice and British Politics (2001). His varied research interests cover the history of social choice, the properties of electoral systems, the political economy of the Enlightenment, and UK public policy. Alistair McMillan is a Research Officer working at Nuffield College, Oxford. He has carried out research on British and Indian politics, focusing on elections and voting behaviour.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - a must have for essay writing 2 Mar 2002
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This book was primarily compiled by professors at Warwick University, where I am a student. When I realised this, I thought it was a ploy to get students to give them money. However, since using it, I wouldn't be with out it.
While not every political word is included, it has basic summaries of key concepts as well as more technical explanations. If you are at all uncertain or you're looking for a good definition of a word, this should be your first stop.
If you're a politics student or just curious, this is a cheap book that provides you with a great deal of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped Me To Exam Success 8 Oct 2003
The Oxford Concise Political Dictionary is a must have for all those with even the slightest bit of interest in Politics. Having been designed for the use by Undergraduates and those in Politics it has almost everything you could desire in terms of Poltical Jargon and Terminology. I ordered it for my A-Level and it has proved to be an extensive help allowing me to have the extra bit more knowledge than the other books provides and giving me access to the grades that i thought impossible. It provides different ideologies views on the different subjects of politics and even has an appendix at the back full of the Political leaders of Russia, U.K., India, China, NATO and many other countries. This Dictionary with all of it's 1,700 entries has provided me and can provide you with incredibly useful knowledge for the future. I would recommend this book to all those who are either studying Politics at various levels or have jobs in Politics and even if it's just an interest in current affairs i would recommend it. A truly fantastic buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 28 Oct 2010
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Just weeks after beginning A-Level Politics, my daughter already says this book is indispensable. Highly recommended and pleasantly inexpensive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing 28 April 2011
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The entries sampled to date are somewhat disappointing and fall a little short of what is in the equivalent hard-back version. (Democracy, meritocracy, oilgarchy, etc). I had hoped for more information, not less. Handy to have on-line though.
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