A Novel Approach to Politics: Introducing Political Science Through Books, Movies, and Popular Culture

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
  • Publisher: CQ PRESS
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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
The Dollhouse
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
Collective Action
The Context of Hierarchy
Groups and Group Identities
Governing Society: We Know Who You Are
Leadership Benefits
The Panopticon
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
Legal Systems
Types of Law
Constitutional Courts
Not Quite Right, but Still Good: The Democratic Ideal in Modern Politics
Arrow‚«÷s Theorem
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
Political Culture
Applying Political Culture
The Lastest and Bestest Chapter
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