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Best Political Science Books Reviewed & Ranked

Here is a list of the best Political Science books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Writing a Research Paper in Political Science: A Practical Guide to Inquiry, Structure, and Methods (2015)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedIn Writing a Research Paper in Political Science, author Lisa Baglione breaks down the research paper into its constituent parts and shows students precisely how to complete each component. The author provides encouragement at each stage and faces pitfalls head on, giving advice and examples so that students move through each task successfully. Students are shown how to craft the right research question, find good sources and properly summarize them, operationalize concepts, design good tests for their hypotheses, and present and analyze quantitative and…
Author(s): Lisa A. Baglione

2. Political Science: A Comparative Introduction (Comparative Government and Politics) (2017)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedLong established as the leading text in the field, the new edition has been comprehensively updated and rewritten. Accessible, student-friendly and truly international in its coverage, this edition includes more on authoritarian states as well as a much wider variety of country studies more generally….
Author(s): Rod Hague, Martin Harrop, et al.

3. The 48 Laws of Power (2000)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedIn the book that People magazine proclaimed “beguiling” and “fascinating,” Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum.   Some laws teach the need for prudence (“Law 1: Never Outshine the Master”), others teach the value of confidence (“Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness”), and many recommend absolute self-preservation…
Author(s): Robert Greene

4. What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter (2016)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedJobs, health care, energy, civil literties, and more more are on the ballot again. In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene colored by the blue versus red partisan divide, how does the average educated American find a reliable source that’s free of political spin? What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don’t breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what, and why—whether it’s the economy, income inequality, Obamacare, foreign policy, education, immigration, or climate change. If you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or somewhere in between, it’s…
Author(s): Jessamyn Conrad, Naomi Wolf

5. The Oxford Handbook of Political Science (Oxford Handbooks) (2011)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedDrawing on the rich resources of the ten-volume series of The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science, this one-volume distillation provides a comprehensive overview of all the main branches of contemporary political science: political theory; political institutions; political behavior; comparative politics; international relations; political economy; law and politics; public policy; contextual political analysis; and political methodology. Sixty-seven of the top political scientists worldwide survey recent developments in those fields and provide penetrating…
Author(s): Robert E. Goodin

6. The Politics Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (2018)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedFrom ancient and medieval philosophers such as Confucius and Thomas Aquinas, to revolutionary thought leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Leon Trotsky, to the voices who have shaped modern politics today — Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more — The Politics Book clearly and simply explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of political thought. With easy-to-follow graphics, succinct quotations, and accessible text, The Politics Book is an essential reference for students and anyone wondering how politics works….
Author(s): DK

7. Political Science : An Introduction (2017)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedPlease Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express….
Author(s): Michael G Roskin And James A Medeiros

8. Why Politics Matters: An Introduction to Political Science (with CourseReader 0-60: Introduction to Political Science Printed Access Card) (New 1st Editions in Political Science) (2012)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedWHY POLITICS MATTERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE is a full-color, accessible introduction to Political Science. Organized evenly around the major divisions within Political Science: Theory, American Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations, WHY POLITICS MATTERS follows a foundational approach to learning and gives students a “big picture” of the field. The authors approach the subject through a theme of theory and practice and emphasize why politics matters to the reader through current, global examples, encouraging critical thinking, discussion, and participation throughout…
Author(s): Kevin L. Dooley, Joseph N. Patten

9. The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, And The Moral Conditions Of Freedom (2017)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedThis book provides a complete overview of the American Founders’ political theory, covering natural rights, natural law, state of nature, social compact, consent, and the policy implications of these ideas. The book is intended as a response to the current scholarly consensus, which holds that the Founders’ political thought is best understood as an amalgam of liberalism, republicanism, and perhaps other traditions. West argues that, on the contrary, the foundational documents overwhelmingly point to natural rights as the lens through which all politics is…
Author(s): Thomas G. West

10. Working with Political Science Research Methods: Problems and Exercises (2019)

 Best Political Science Books Reviewed & RankedPractice makes perfect. This new, Fifth Edition of Working with Political Science Research Methods continues to support student learning by offering the perfect opportunity to practice each of the methods presented in the core text. Designed to be paired with the  Political Science Research Methods 9th edition chapter-for-chapter, the workbook breaks out each aspect of the research process into manageable parts and features new exercises and updated data sets. More than half of the book′s exercises are new or updated and feature more international examples, greater focus on qualitative research methods, and directly…
Author(s): Jason D. Mycoff

Best Political Science Books Reviewed & Ranked

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some political science books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Refounding political governance : the metaphysics of public administration

Author(s): Bruce Cutting; Alexander Kouzmin
Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers, Year: [2011], Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1175876

‘Travelling fear’ in global context: Exploring everyday dynamics of in/security and im/mobility

Author(s): Aydan Greatrick; Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
Publisher: The London School of Economics and Political Science: LSE Research Online, Year: May 9, 2017, Size: 272 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2318872

Sex, Power, and Partisanship : How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide

Author(s): Hector A. Garcia
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Year: 5 Feb 2019, Size: 684 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2325306

Political Science of Religion: Theorising the Political Role of Religion

Author(s): Maciej Potz
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2399233

Political Science Pedagogy: A Critical, Radical And Utopian Perspective

Author(s): William W. Sokoloff
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2401334

Citizens’ Support for the European Union: Empirical Analyses of Political Attitudes and Electoral Behavior During the EU Crisis

Author(s): Simon Bauer
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407947

America's Leaning Ivory Tower: The Measurement of and Response to Concentration of Federal Funding for Academic Research

Author(s): Yonghong Wu
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408330

Global Diplomacy: An Introduction To Theory And Practice

Author(s): Thierry Balzacq, Frédéric Charillon, Frédéric Ramel, Snow, W. (Translator)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2436434

The Politics Of Repression Under Authoritarian Rule: How Steadfast Is The Iron Throne?

Author(s): Dag Tanneberg
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2457905

Contemporary French Security Policy in Africa: On Ideas and Wars

Author(s): Benedikt Erforth
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2467803

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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