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A novel approach to politics : introducing political science through books, movies, and popular culture

Author: Douglas A Van Belle
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : CQ Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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"Textbooks seldom inspire accolades, particularly the dry behemoths often used in survey courses. A Novel Approach to Politics turns the conventional textbook wisdom on its head. This is a textbook your students will want to read! Adopters of previous editions from schools all over the country are thanking Novel Approach for some of their best student evaluations to date.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas A Van Belle
ISBN: 9781452218229 1452218226
OCLC Number: 801681446
Description: xxiv, 449 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introducing the Ancient Debate: The Ideal versus the Real --
2. Why Government? Security, Anarchy, and Some Basic Group Dynamics --
3. Governing Society: We Know Who You Are --
4. Government's Role in the Economy: The Offer You Can't Refuse --
5. Structures and Institutions --
6. El Grande Loco Casa Blanca-The Executive (in Bad Spanish) --
7. The Confederacy of Dunces-The Legislative (Not in Bad Spanish) --
8. Brazilian Bureaucracy-Do we even need to bother with the Jokes? --
9. Courts and Law: Politics behind the Gavel, Obviously, but What's Under the Gown? --
10. Not Quite Right, but Still Good: The Democratic Ideal in Modern Politics --
11. Media, Politics and Government: Talking Heads are Better than None --
12. International Politics: Apocalypse Now and Then --
13. Chapter 13 was Confiscated for Your Protection --
14. Political Culture: Sex & Agriculture, Getting Rucked Explains it All --
15. The Lastest and Bestest Chapter: The Study of Politics.
Responsibility: Douglas A. Van Belle.

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An introductory Political Science textbook delivering all the core concepts and real world political ideas through the lens of pop culture. The book engages students in a way that traditional  Read more...

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schema:description"With this new edition, Van Belle brings the book fully up-to-date with coverage of the Obama administration and other changes in administrations and regimes worldwide; current policy debates about issues like reproductive rights, whether corporations are people, and the important effects of partisanship; international happenings such as the Arab Spring and the Euro crisis, and other assorted intergalactic matters. Van Belle adds discussions of a wealth of new and recent movies and books to the text, as he illustrates key concepts in political science through examples that will captivate students. Employing a wide range of references from 1984 to Game of Thrones to The Avengers, students are given a very solid grounding in institutions, ideology, and economics."@en
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