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Key Books Every Politics Student Must Read in 2019

These are the cornerstone publications to be known inside out by politics students

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As a uniquely human phenomenon, politics is a truly fascinating subject. Unfortunately, it also makes it incredibly complex, as many politics students experience.

These books aim to give a pluralistic overview if read as a collection, and give politics students the best head-start over their peers. While approachable, they give enough detail without becoming obscure. A perfect example is Politics UK, which is a particular favourite of ours.

#1 Global Politics (Palgrave Foundations Series) by Andrew Heywood

Global Politics (Palgrave Foundations Series) by Andrew Heywood
Heywood is a brilliant all-rounder when it comes to politics resources, but this book is particularly valuable. An excellent starting point for both undergraduates and A-level students, it avoids the pitfalls often seen in writing on international relations–namely, an over-reliance on abstraction and obscure theories. Instead it is packed full of examples that make the subject accessible and comprehensible.

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#2 An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Jonathan Wolff

An Introduction to Political Philosophy by Jonathan Wolff
Engaging and entertaining, this introductory work brings political theory to life and does an excellent job of balancing breadth and depth. It also explains the context and limitations of current debates paradigms in a clear and open-ended manner, allowing students to see how each of the academic issues he explores does, or does not, relate to the real world.

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#3 Politics UK by Bill Jones

Politics UK by Bill Jones
This book is an extremely thorough introduction to the UK and its institutions. It stands out from other offerings for two reasons: it relates the issues to other topics in politics (by connecting the political parties to their ideological traditions, for instance) and each section features commentary that tries to make sense of the huge changes of the last few years.

The last thing a student wants is a textbook that is about to become out of date!

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#4 International Relations Theory by Paul R. Viotti

International Relations Theory by Paul R. Viotti
For any undergraduate student of Politics, and particularly international politics, Viotti and Kauppi’s survey provides a solid introduction to and overview of IR theory, from which students can begin to understand and analyze both world events and the evolution of domestic political systems in a wider context. By integrating classic writing that exemplifies various IR theories, Viotti and Kauppi are able to familiarize students with some of the big names and historical eras in political thinking without overwhelming them.

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#5 High Schoolers, Meet Media Literacy by Jim Wasserman

High Schoolers, Meet Media Literacy by Jim Wasserman
Because politics is about messaging, and kids need to understand the art of messaging and persuasion used today to nudge them to form what they think are their own views. In a world where everyone decries the other side as engaging in fake news, we need to equip youth with the tools to weigh and measure messaging for themselves.

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Contributors to this article
Jacob Williams

Annabel Hertz

Jim Wasserman from YourThirdLife

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