There is a separate page on this website which covers the new fifth edition. Click on the cover illustration to see this.
The first three editions of the book were all solely the work of Steve Tansey.
The First Edition of the book came out in 1995 and, long before 9/11, stressed the extent to which issues such as ecology, feminism and Islamic fundamentalism were rivalling those of superpower rivalry, class and ideology, which dominated the last century.
The Second Edition (2000) introduced new Chapters on 'States' and 'Processes' dropping chapters on 'Mechanisms' and 'Futures'.
The Third Edition (2004) included additional material on Terrorism, Post-Modernism and Spin and Political Marketing.
The Fourth Edition (2008), the first to which Nigel Jackson contributed, includes new material on the decline of partisanship, more on 'the War on Terror' and the Internet and new sections on changes in the political process and the 'crisis' of democratic politics.
The Fifth Edition (2014) was published in September. See main Politics: the Basics page for details
The latest foreign language edition to be commissioned is in Turkish and will be published by Utopya Yayinevi.
A Portuguese translation was published by Editora Saraiva in Sao Paulo, Brazil under the title Politica.
Perhaps surprisingly Politics: The Basics, 4th Edition is to be translated by Jiangsu People's Publishing Ltd into Chinese (simplified) for distribution in Mainland China. However, though we have had the cheque, last time we looked it still had not been published. Perhaps the mainland Chinese discovered that an earlier edition was translated into Chinese for the Taiwan market (or at least Steve received a cheque for the rights!).
The fourth edition of Politics: the Basics has been published in Arabic by the Arab Network for Publishing and Research based in Beirut, Lebanon
An earlier edition of Politics: the Basics has already appeared in Polish translation as 'Nauki Polityczne' published by Zysk i S-Ka Wydawnnictwo of Poznan. It has sold over 6,000 copies in Polish.
Suggestions for the next edition would be very welcome. Please click on the feedback icon to make yours.
Umma / Ummah / Ummat has been used somewhat inconsistently in various editions to refer to the Company of the Faithful [Muslims]. Ummah is the most usual transliteration of the Arabic for community in this context. The phrase 'Ummat al-Islam' is a correct full description, but Ummat on its own is not a normal usage.
The most recent pages on the site commemorate the life of Sue Tansey and describe Free Attractions in Dorset. Please let me have any suggestion for further content.
More Changes to U3A Poole Philosophy Workshop schedule are on this site - the latest substantial change was on 29th. November. The schedule is subject to amendment and is frequently revised.
We are about to complete our autumn programme. In January we have decided to discuss Michael Sandel's new (2020) book The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?, (Alan Lane)
Please check on this site to ensure you have the latest version.
For most of 2020 we have been meeting virtually on Zoom. This will continue in early 2021.
Politics the Basics was sixth on Amazon's list of Government and Politics References Best Sellers on 4th November 2020.
A Turkish Edition of Politics the Basics (5th. ed.) is to be published by Utopya Yayinevi.
A Portuguese translation of Politics: the Basics has now been published in Brazil as Polίtica, Editora Saraiva, Sao Paulo, 1st Brazilian ed., 2016.
The Fifth Edition of Politics: the Basics was published by Routledge in September 2014.
Nigel has updated the book and has made some interesting innovations.
If you run a class which might use the book, let us know using the feedback button on this site and we will arrange to send you a free inspection copy.
The fourth edition of Politics: the Basics has been published in Arabic by the Arab Network for Publishing and Research based in Beirut, Lebanon.
Politics: The Basics, 4th Edition is to be translated by Jiangsu People's Publishing Ltd into Chinese (simplified) for distribution in Mainland China.
Conservative MP Steve Baker puts Politics: the Basics first on his recommended reading list for newcomers to the Conservative Candidates List.
"Politics, Political Theory, Political Philosophy" Thinking Philosophy (U3A Philosophy Network), Summer 2010, 11-14