Teach Yourself Politics Fourth Edition gives you the background knowledge to enable you to consider and analyse important political questions. Focusing on the institutions of government and the political systems operating in liberal democratic states it will give you an understanding of the operations of these political systems, the key political themes and the differences that exist between them. Using contemporary examples from all over the world, this title is essential reading for all those who want to know more about our world today. This new edition has been fully updated to include recent developments in politics and international relations. New and important political themes, influences and issues are focused upon, for example the 'special relationship' between the US and the UK, international cooperation in the war on terrorism and the role of supranational bodies such as The United Nations and the EU. It will also focus on the developing role of the media and pressure groups in national and international politics.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.