This is the second edition of the 'Encyclopedia of Government and Politics', which has been fully revised and updated to provide a systematic account of politics and political studies at the beginning of the new millennium. Offering a penetrating analysis of government and politics at a global, regional and nation-state level, the encyclopaedia assesses both traditional and contemporary approaches and projects the paths of future research. The articles provide a degree of critical analysis beyond a simple descriptive outline of the subject. Internationally respected contributors have been selected to present contending approaches to related topics, both to clarify the political implications of the various methodologies and to enrich the portrayal of political life. With its expanded, revised and updated coverage, the encyclopaedia is a useful tool for students, teachers, professional analysts and policy makers.