The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics

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Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan
OUP Oxford, Feb 26, 2009 - Political Science - 599 pages
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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 It also boasts entry-level web links that don't go out of date.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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This book is exactly what it claims to be. It is a political dictionary, elucidating concepts and ideas from political history. It is concise. The entries are completely described, but the ... Read full review

About the author (2009)


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.