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The purpose of a political dictionary is to acquaint the reader with the terms used by policymakers, journalists, commentators, and analysts, in discussing national and international politics. Without such a volume, which explains not only political (and some economic and military) terms but major organizations and systems of government, the news media are often difficult to fully comprehend.

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A well-informed citizenry is the basis for a democracy; knowledge of political events is a powerful tool for allowing individuals to actively participate in current events. As the world family expands to include people of all nations, it is becoming more and more necessary for citizens to have a grasp of political theory and practice in order to foster understanding amongst peoples and meet the growing needs of increasingly interconnected economies and political systems.

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This dictionary will be useful not only for the high school and college student but for the layperson, editor, or non-specialist who needs a handy reference guide to contemporary politics. It seeks to enhance understanding by explaining political ideologies and systems as well as related concepts in a simple yet comprehensive fashion.

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