This book is a companion volume to the Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology by Allan Johnson. It is hoped that it will be of value to students and teachers of political science alike. It should be noted that it is concerned with the terminology of the subject. The names of specific politicians and political parties cannot be found here. On the other hand, where a policy or a movement has a general significancefor example, privatization, nationalization, socialism or christian democracyit is included.
As an aid to readers, at the bottom of many entries are other relevant terms. Furthermore, entries mentioned elsewhere are in block capitals.
The people mentioned in this book have been important figures who have played a large part in the development of the discipline. Most are no longer living; but a few contemporary political scientists, whose names will be encountered by most readers of academic works in the subject, have been included. In addition, a few political theorists of past centuries, whose work is often cited in the above entries, are given a place.