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Students often complain that textbooks are boring, especially the door-stoppers in use for most survey courses. But they've never had a textbook like this. Just ask adopters of the first edition who are thanking Novel Approach for some of their best student evaluations to date. Van Belle and Mash deliver the core concepts and real-world political examples you expect from an introductory book, just in a way that your students will actually have fun reading and will retain after the exam. With enlightening, yet entertaining, references ranging from 1984 to The Dark Knight, students take away more from discussions of institutions, ideology, and economics because concepts are introduced using popular culture. Revisions to the second edition, in addition to a wealth of new and recent movies and books, include new features on major political theorists and expanded stand-alone institutional chapters on the legislature and the executive. Never fear-the textbook stuff is here too-chapter summaries, bolded key terms, and discussion questions.
Table of Contents
|Introducing the Ancient Debate: The Ideal versus the Real|
|Fiction as a Tool for Exploring Politics|
|Utopias in Fiction and Politics|
|What Is Politics?|
|What Is Political Science?|
|Why Government? Security, Anarchy, and Some Basic Group Dynamics|
|a Model for the Emergence of Cooperation: Bobsville|
|The Context of Hierarchy|
|Groups and Group Identities|
|Governing Society: We Know Who You Are|
|Collective Action, Revolution, and the Use of Force|
|Legitimacy and Government Control|
|Government‚«÷s Role in the Economy: The Offer You Can‚«÷t Refuse|
|The Tragedy of the Commons|
|Karl Marx--Student of Capitalism?|
|The Yin and Yang of Capitalism and Socialism|
|Structures and Institutions: Get off your #$*%g Ass and Build that #$*%g Bike|
|Structures or Institutions?|
|Human Nature and Political Institutions|
|The Reality of Political Institutions|
|El Grande Loco Casa Blanca-The Executive (in Bad Spanish)|
|Oh Captain, My Captain|
|The Scorpion King on Grandpa‚«÷s Farm|
|Kings and Presidents|
|The Democratic Executive|
|The Confederacy of Dunces- The Legislative (Not in Bad Spanish)|
|a Dreary Discussion of Democratic Legislatures|
|a Redundant Repetition of Our Theme|
|a Tired Attempt to Make it Interesting|
|a Dreary Bleakness in the Authoritarian Gloom|
|Brazil our Bureaucracy-Do we even need to Bother with the Jokes?|
|Bureaucracy, It Goes To Eleven|
|So What Is a Bureaucracy?|
|There Be Flaws in Yonder Bureaucracy, Obviously|
|Courts and Law: Politics behind the Gavel|
|Law and Politics|
|The Functions of Courts|
|Trial Courts and Appellate Courts|
|Types of Law|
|Not Quite Right, but Still Good: The Democratic Ideal in Modern Politics|
|Democracy and the Liberal Ideal|
|An Economic Theory of Democracy|
|The Real versus the Ideal, Again|
|Media, Politics and Government: Talking Heads are Better than None|
|Reality and Beyond|
|The Whole China Charade|
|Your New Brain and the Creation of Reality|
|News Media and Politics|
|a Vast Conspiracy?|
|Understanding the Distortions Is the Key|
|International Politics: Apocalypse Now and Then|
|Causes of War|
|Back To Anarchy|
|World War I Was Unpleasant|
|Realism and War|
|Challenging the Realist Paradigm|
|was Confiscated for Your Protection|
|Political Culture: Sex & Agriculture, Getting Rucked Explains it All|
|Applying Political Culture|
|The Lastest and Bestest Chapter|
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