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Braving The New World, 4th Edition

By Thomas Bateman, Rick Myers, Roger Epp
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Soft Cover
344 pages
ISBN-10: 0176424156
ISBN-13: 9780176424152
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 4th

Braving the New World, fourth edition features a selection of readings that provide a stimulating discussion of topics most often covered in the introductory political science courses. Welcoming a new co-editor to this edition, Braving the New World contains 27 readings in 5 thematic units. Featuring many high profile authors, Braving the New World readings cover many current and important world issues and national issues.


  • *NEW* New co-editor Rick Myers from St. Thomas University.
  • *NEW* The 6th unit from the previous edition (Politics: Vocation or Vice) has been removed
  • *NEW* 16 out of 27 readings are new to this edition.
  • *NEW* The focus in Unit 4 (Contemporary Politics at Home) has changed from political institutions to politics at home with 5 out of 6 articles new to this edition.
  • *NEW* Unit 5 covers contemporary politics abroad rather than regimes and change with 4 out 5 new articles.
  • *NEW* Many of the new articles where originally published in 2006 ensuring that the most current topics and discussion are included.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • General Introduction
  • Unit 1 Global Challenges
  • 1.Globalization
  • Cameron and Stein, "The State as Place Amidst Shifting Spaces"
  • 2.Globalization and Democracy
  • Benjamin Barber, "Can Democracy Survive Globalization in an Age of Terrorism?"
  • *3.Globalization and Governance
  • Joe Masciulli, "Governing Globalization--a World State, a Great-Power Concert, or a Renewed United Nations?
  • *4.Terrorism and Civil Liberties -
  • Michael Ignatieff, The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror. (Penguin, 2004), excerpt from chapter 1.
  • *5.Canada and the World
  • John Ibbitson, The Polite Revolution, (McClelland and Stewart, 2005), excerpt from chapter 5
  • *6.Canada in North America
  • Shaun Narine "Canadian Foreign Policy After September 11th, 2001: Following the Wrong Path."
  • Unit 2 Ideas and Ideologies
  • 1.Liberalism
  • Loren Lomasky, "Classical Liberalism and Civil Society"
  • *2.Conservatism
  • Richard Myers, "The Universal Child Care Benefit: A Turning Point for Social Conservatives?"
  • 3. Feminism
  • Linda Trimble, "The Politics of Feminism; An Introduction"
  • *4.Nationalism
  • John O''Sullivan, "In Defense of Nationalism" The National Interest (Winter 2004/05), 33-40.
  • 5.Social Democracy -
  • Edward Broadbent, "Social Democracy in Theory and Practice - The Way Ahead
  • Unit 3 Citizenship and Democracy
  • 1.Social Capital and Civic Engagement
  • Robert Putnam, "Civic Disengagement in Contemporary America"
  • 2.Deliberative Democracy
  • Cass Sunstein, (Yale UP, 2001)
  • *3.New Forms of Democratic Citizenship
  • Neil Nevitte, "Value Change and the Rise of New Politics"
  • *4.Media
  • Kenneth Newton, "May the Weak Force be With You: The Power of the Mass Media in Modern Politics" European Journal of Political Research, 45:2 (March 2006)
  • 5.The Decline of Democratic Citizenship
  • Reg Whitaker, "The Flight from Politics"
  • Unit 4 Contemporary Politics at Home
  • *1.Electoral Systems and Electoral Reform
  • Harold Jansen, "Is the Impossible Possible? Electoral Reform and Canada''s Provinces"
  • *2.Federalism
  • Gerry Baier and Katherine Booth, "What is Asymmetrical Federalism and Why Should Canadians Care?"
  • *3.Courts, Law, and the Canadian Charter
  • Thomas Bateman, "Just What the Doctor Ordered: Private Health Insurance and the Charter"
  • 4.Public Policy and the Environment
  • Ian Urquhart, "Climate Change Policy: Why Hasn''t Canada Walked its Kyoto Talk?"
  • 5.Parliamentary Government
  • Donald Savoie, "The Canadian Prime Minister: Revisiting Primus in Canadian Politics"
  • *6.Political Parties
  • William Cross and Lisa Young, " Are Canadian Political Parties Empty Vessels: Membership, Engagement and Policy Capacity" Choices 12:4 (June 2006), 14-28
  • Unit 5 Contemporary Politics Abroad
  • *1.Africa
  • Gordon McCord, Jeffrey Sachs, Wing Thye Woo, "Understanding African Poverty: Beyond the Washington Consensus to the Millennium Development Goals Approach"
  • *2.The Post-Communist world
  • Mikhail Molchanov, "Ukraine''s Orange Revolution: Its Promise and Untimely Demise""
  • *3.The Middle East
  • Larry Diamond, "Iraq and Democracy: The Lessons Learned" Current History (January 2006)
  • 4.China
  • Wenran Jiang, "China''s Quest for Modernization"
  • *5.South America -
  • Jorge Castaneda, "Latin America''s Left Turn" Foreign Affairs. (May/June 2006).
  • *Indicates new to this edition

Author Information

Thomas Bateman

The authors have amassed over forty years experience teaching political science at Mount Royal College in Calgary, and have also taught in other post-secondary settings. In addition to teaching a wide range of introductory courses they have research and teaching interests in a number of sub-fields including comparative politics, federalism, public policy, constitutional politics, Alberta politics and aspects of political theory. Thomas Bateman currently holds a University of Alberta Doctoral scholarship.