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A novel approach to politics : introducing political science through media and popular culture

Author: Douglas A Van Belle; Kenneth M Mash
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2007.
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What if we told you that a textbook could be funny and irreverent utilizing popular books, movies, music, and television shows to introduce political science concepts? This novel approach to explaining our need for government and the intrigue of politics is a reality. Van Belle and Mash do not compromise on the content you want and need, nor do they stint on real-world political examples throughout the book. The  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Van Belle, Douglas A., 1965-
Novel approach to politics.
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)891657230
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas A Van Belle; Kenneth M Mash
ISBN: 1568028296 9781568028293 9781568028293
OCLC Number: 71350326
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introducing the ancient debate : the ideal versus the real --
Utopias, theories, and ideologies : perfect worlds and the imperfections of reality --
Why government? : security, anarchy, and some basic group dynamics --
Governing society : controlling the behavior of individuals --
Government's role in the economy : the offer you can't refuse --
Structures and institutions : this old house of commons --
Institutions : meat and potatoes --
The imperfections of political institutions : bugs in the machine --
Courts and law : politics behind the gavel --
Not quite right, but still good : the democratic ideal in modern politics --
Media, politics, and government : talking heads are better than none --
International politics : apocalypse now and then --
Political culture : sex and agriculture, getting rucked explains it all --
Birth, school, work, death : your moment of zen.
Responsibility: Douglas A. Van Belle, Kenneth M. Mash.
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What if we told you that a textbook could be funny and irreverent utilizing popular books, movies, music, and television shows to introduce political science concepts? This novel approach to explaining our need for government and the intrigue of politics is a reality. Van Belle and Mash do not compromise on the content you want and need, nor do they stint on real-world political examples throughout the book. The basics and the depth are all here. The added innovation?to hook students through the popular culture theyre already plugged into. Simply put, you will never hear complaints that this is a typical or boring textbook. From references to 1984 and Lord of the Flies to mentions of The Matrix and A Clockwork Orange youll be surprised by how the core concepts of political scienceinstitutions, ideology, economics, elections, culture, national politics, and international relationsare interwoven with a highly entertaining discussion of popular culture.

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