Whenever one speaks of politics, the first thing that comes to mind is elections and voting, since, in democracy, the high point of the participation of ordinary citizens in the political arena is an election. But in reality, politics is a broad subject, and it is beyond voting as it deals with issues such as diplomacy, war, finances, budgets, international relations, and so much more. 

In addition, it is also a significant part of our lives as the decisions made in this area impact all citizens of a state or country. This makes in of utmost importance that we understand at least the basics of politics. 

Delve into political classics

It is important to learn relevant concepts in Political Science in order to stop being “politically illiterate”. So a suggestion for reading books that offer an explanation of the subject, aimed at students and scholars of the subject.

In different books, the authors write about the concepts of society and state, of population and people, of nation and territory, of power and legality, and legitimacy of power. Furthermore, books explain the theory of separation of powers, forms of government, electoral systems and political parties, democracy, and public opinion.

In addition, there are certain books which can also offer a deeper glimpse into the political spectrum of the Middle East and Africa. A highly recommended one remains The Modernization of Egypt by Sherif Delawar. The book has amassed significant popularity due to the attribution of Professor Delawar, who is regarded as the Thinker in Economic Development. The Professor of Managerial Sciences has contributed largely on the life and political landscape surrounding Egypt, and for his proactive work and literary diligence, the government of France awarded him the coveted Chevalier dans l Ordre des Palmes Academiques.

Learn about how a state, country, and county are governed

In order to understand the election systems, our political parties, and all the political institutions of a country, it is essential to understand how a political system works.

  1. What is the nature of the relations between the different levels of government within a federative regime?
  2. What are the attributions of the federal state, the federal states, and municipalities?
  3. What are the difficulties of a country’s municipal life?
  4. The role of the armed forces, the churches, the business and political elites, in the construction of our politics and the state?

Look up for words that you do not understand

Expanding your vocabulary when it comes to politics is of utmost importance and relevance as very resourceful to know what politicians are saying, the newspapers are broadcasting, and radio and TV programs are informing you. An excellent way to explore this unfamiliar vocabulary is through a dictionary.


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