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

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Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. xviii
Introducing the Ancient Debate: The Ideal versus the Realp. 1
Your Own Private Idahop. 4
Fiction as a Tool for Exploring Politicsp. 6
What Is Politics?p. 8
What Is Political Science?p. 13
Key Termsp. 16
Chapter Summaryp. 17
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 17
Web Sites to Explorep. 17
Utopias, Theories, and Ideologies: Perfect Worlds and the Imperfections of Realityp. 18
Utopias in Fiction and Politicsp. 19
The Subjectivity of Perfectionp. 19
Utopias as Social Statementp. 21
Utopias in Practical Usep. 23
Theorists and Theories of Politicsp. 24
The Top Seven Dead White Male Political Theoristsp. 25
Plato-Commencing the Debatep. 26
Aristotle-The Rebellious Studentp. 27
Machiavelli-The Reality of Powerp. 29
Hobbes-The Purpose of Governmentp. 30
Locke-Civil Societyp. 31
Rousseau-Why Can't We Be Friends?p. 32
Marx-You Will Wait!p. 33
Non-Western Political Theoryp. 34
Ideologiesp. 35
Distinguishing Ideologies from Theoriesp. 36
Classifying Ideologiesp. 37
Key Termsp. 45
Chapter Summaryp. 45
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 45
Web Sites to Explorep. 46
Why Government? Security, Anarchy, and Some Basic Group Dynamicsp. 47
A Model for the Emergence of Cooperation: Bobsvillep. 48
Collective Actionp. 49
Securityp. 50
Powerp. 51
Anarchyp. 54
Anarchy and Powerp. 54
An Impetus for Governmentp. 56
The Context of Hierarchyp. 58
Alliancesp. 59
Groups and Group Identitiesp. 62
Group Identitiesp. 62
Conflict between Groupsp. 64
Leadership Interestsp. 66
Key Termsp. 68
Chapter Summaryp. 68
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 69
Web Sites to Explorep. 69
Governing Society: Controlling the Behavior of Individualsp. 70
Leadership Benefitsp. 71
The Panopticonp. 73
Collective Action, Revolution, and the Use of Forcep. 76
Atomizationp. 76
Limits on Forceful Controlp. 82
Legitimacy and Government Controlp. 83
Got to Give the People What They Want: Elections and Public Goodsp. 84
Balancing Force and Legitimacyp. 86
Legitimacy and Conflict within Groupsp. 87
Conflict as a Source of Legitimacyp. 90
Key Termsp. 91
Chapter Summaryp. 91
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 92
Web Sites to Explorep. 92
Government's Role in the Ecomony: The Offer You Can't Refusep. 93
The Tragedy of the Commonsp. 96
Grazing Sheep and the Temptation to Cheatp. 96
The Stag Hunt and Social Choicep. 98
From Farming to Fishingp. 100
Escaping the Tragedy of the Commonsp. 102
Karl Marx-Student of Capitalism?p. 103
The Adolescence of Capitalismp. 104
Competition as the Driving Force in Capitalismp. 106
The Pool of Labor as a Common Resourcep. 111
I Thought You Said There'd Be a Revolution?p. 113
Socialismp. 113
The Yin and Yang of Capitalism and Socialismp. 115
Key Termsp. 117
Chapter Summaryp. 117
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 118
Web Sites to Explorep. 118
Structures and Institutions: This Old House of Commonsp. 119
Structures or Institutions?p. 121
Human Nature and Political Institutionsp. 122
The Reality of Political Institutionsp. 123
Context, Evolution, and the Unbearable Weight of Historyp. 124
Failed Institutionsp. 127
Too Legit to Quit: Legitimacy, Information, and Human Naturep. 127
SimGovernmentp. 129
Choose a Terrainp. 129
Choose a Basic Formp. 131
Connect Your Governmentp. 134
Build Your Institutionsp. 139
Key Termsp. 140
Chapter Summaryp. 140
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 141
Web Sites to Explorep. 141
Institutions: Meat and Potatoesp. 143
Hello, Mr Smithp. 145
Idealism Wins the Dayp. 145
Sorry, Reality Just Will Not Get Out of the Wayp. 147
Comparing Parliamentary and Presidential Systemsp. 149
Si, El Presidentep. 149
Yes, Ministerp. 150
Legislaturesp. 151
Lawmakingp. 151
Legislators as Representativesp. 152
Geographic Districts or Proportional Representationp. 153
Delegate or Trusteep. 154
Checkingp. 155
Legitimatingp. 156
Educationp. 157
Executivesp. 157
Head of Statep. 158
Head of Governmentp. 159
The Bureaucracyp. 161
Do We Really Want Bureaucracies?p. 162
The Ideals of Bureaucratic Governmentp. 163
Policymaking versus Administrationp. 165
Bureaucratic Rolesp. 166
Key Termsp. 167
Chapter Summaryp. 167
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 168
Web Sites to Explorep. 168
The Imperfections of Political Institutions: Bugs in the Machinep. 169
Parliamentary versus Presidential Systemsp. 170
Gridlockp. 171
Parliaments and Instabilityp. 173
Districts and Proportions: Not So Democratic Representationp. 175
Coalitions and Minority Governmentsp. 176
District Electionsp. 179
Bureaucracy, It Goes to Elevenp. 183
Rules and Hierarchy versus Adaptation, Responsiveness, and Democracyp. 185
The Iron Trianglep. 186
Agency Theory and the Responsive Bureaucracyp. 188
The Cockroach Theory of Bureaucracyp. 190
It May Not Be Perfect, but It Still Worksp. 192
Key Termsp. 193
Chapter Summaryp. 193
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 193
Web Sites to Explorep. 194
Courts and Law: Politics behind the Gavelp. 195
Law and Politicsp. 198
Law on the Books versus Law in Actionp. 199
Symbolsp. 200
The Functions of Courtsp. 201
Dispute Resolutionp. 202
Policymakingp. 202
Monitoring Governmentp. 204
Trial and Appellate Courtsp. 206
Legal Systemsp. 207
The Civil Law Systemp. 207
Common Lawp. 208
Religious Lawp. 209
Jurisprudencep. 210
Natural Lawp. 210
Positivist Jurisprudencep. 211
Realist Jurisprudencep. 212
Types of Lawp. 213
Private Law versus Public Lawp. 213
Criminal Law versus Civil Lawp. 214
Federal Law versus State Lawp. 215
International Lawp. 216
Constitutional Reviewp. 216
Key Termsp. 218
Chapter Summaryp. 219
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 219
Web Sites to Explorep. 219
Not Quite Right, but Still Good: The Democratic Ideal in Modern Politicsp. 221
Arrow's Theoremp. 222
Democracy and the Liberal Idealp. 227
Direct Democracyp. 229
Representative Democracyp. 234
An Economic Theory of Democracyp. 236
Winner Take Allp. 237
Winner Takes Their Sharep. 241
The Real versus the Ideal, Againp. 245
Key Termsp. 246
Chapter Summaryp. 246
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 247
Web Sites to Explorep. 248
Media, Politics, and Government: Talking Heads Are Better than Nonep. 249
The Whole China Charadep. 250
Your New Brain and the Creation of Realityp. 252
News Media and Politicsp. 254
The Business of the Newsp. 256
The Political Soap Operap. 258
Will He Bring Balance to the Force?p. 262
Elite Dominance of the Sources of Newsp. 263
A Vast Conspiracy?p. 264
The Mutual Exploitation Modelp. 266
Of Cockroaches and Politiciansp. 268
Protest and the Disadvantaged Voicep. 270
Understanding the Distortions Is the Keyp. 272
Key Termsp. 273
Chapter Summaryp. 273
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 274
Web Sites to Explorep. 274
International Politics: Apocalypse Now and Thenp. 275
Causes of Warp. 277
Back to Anarchyp. 278
World War I Was Unpleasantp. 279
The Horror, the Horrorp. 279
All Quiet on the Western Front?p. 281
Realism and Warp. 282
Opportunityp. 284
Fear Thisp. 285
Balancing and Bandwagoningp. 287
Challenging the Realist Paradigmp. 289
The Not So Black Boxp. 290
Why Kant Democracies Fight?p. 291
The Shadow of the Hegemonp. 292
It's the Economy, Stupid: World Systems Theory and Anti-Globalization Sentimentp. 296
Dude, Think about the Fishp. 302
Constructivismp. 304
Roaring Mice and Vacation Hotspotsp. 305
Key Termsp. 306
Chapter Summaryp. 306
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 306
Web Sites to Explorep. 307
Political Culture: Sex and Agriculture, Getting Rucked Explains It Allp. 308
Political Culturep. 309
Consequences of Culturep. 310
If Not Culture?p. 311
Culture as Explanationp. 312
Applying Political Culturep. 314
A Thousand Miles to Nowhere: Isolation and Foreign Policyp. 315
Culture and Social Distancep. 318
Culture as Politicsp. 319
The Sound of Blackp. 320
Cultural Ownershipp. 323
Back to the Question of "What Is Culture?"p. 324
Key Termsp. 326
Chapter Summaryp. 326
Study Questions and Exercisesp. 327
Web Sites to Explorep. 327
Birth, School, Work, Death: Your Moment of Zenp. 328
Here's Where the Story Endsp. 329
Like the Weatherp. 330
Fiction Appendixp. 331
A Strategic Approach to Writing for the Classroomp. 345
Notesp. 352
Glossaryp. 358
Indexp. 367
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