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Test Bank For A Novel Approach to Politics Introducing Political Science through Books, Movies, and Popular Culture 5th Edition By Douglas A. Van Belle, ISBN: 9781506368658, ISBN: 9781544323244, ISBN: 9781544323251

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Test Bank For A Novel Approach to Politics Introducing Political Science through Books, Movies, and Popular Culture 5th Edition By Belle

Test Bank For A Novel Approach to Politics Introducing Political Science through Books, Movies, and Popular Culture 5th Edition By Douglas A. Van Belle, ISBN: 9781506368658, ISBN: 9781544323244, ISBN: 9781544323251

A Novel Approach to Politics turns conventional textbook wisdom on its head by using pop culture references to illustrate key concepts and cover recent political events. This is a textbook students want to read. Adopters of previous editions from schools all over the country are thanking author Douglas A. Van Belle for some of their best student evaluations to date.

With this Fifth Edition, Van Belle brings the book fully up to date with recent events such as Trump’s executive orders on immigration, the 2016 elections in the US, current policy debates including recent court decisions that may affect gerrymandering, international happenings such as Brexit, and other assorted intergalactic matters. Van Belle adds a wealth of new and recent movies and books to the text as he illustrates key concepts in political science through examples that captivate students. Employing a wide range of references from 1984 to Game of Thrones to House of Cards, students are given a solid foundation in institutions, ideology, and economics. To keep things grounded, the textbook nuts and bolts are still there to aid students, including chapter objectives, chapter summaries, bolded key terms, and discussion questions.

Table Of Content

Chapter 1: Introducing the Ancient Debate: The Ideal Versus the Real

Classical Theory, Modern Reality, and Stuff

You’re Just a Mime Trapped in an Invisible Box

Fiction as a Tool for Exploring Politics

Utopias in Fiction and Politics

Ideologies

What Is Politics?

What Is Political Science?

Chapter 2: Why Government? Security, Anarchy, and Some Basic Group Dynamics

Security Trumps Anarchy, Rock Smashes Scissors, But Will Someone Please Explain How Paper Beats Rock?

A Model for the Emergence of Cooperation: Bobsville

Collective Action

Security

Power

Anarchy

The Context of Hierarchy

Alliances

Groups and Group Identities

Chapter 3: Governing Society: We Know Who You Are

Leadership Benefits

The Panopticon

Collective Action, Revolution, and the Use of Force

Legitimacy and Government Control

Chapter 4: Government’s Role in the Economy: The Offer You Can’t Refuse

Government All Up In Your Business, Yo

The Tragedy of the Commons

Karl Marx—Student of Capitalism?

Socialism

The Yin and Yang of Capitalism and Socialism

Modern Stuff

Conclusionoscopy

Chapter 5: Structures and Institutions

Structures or Institutions?

Human Nature and Political Institutions

The Reality of Political Institutions

Civilization

Chapter 6: 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

Chapter 7: The Confederacy of Dunces: The Legislative Function (Not in Bad Spanish)

Boring History Stuff

A Dreary Discussion of Democratic Legislatures

A Redundant Repetition of the Theme: Contrasting Legislatures in Parliamentary and Presidential Systems

A Tired Attempt to Make Coalition Politics Interesting with a Lame Example

A Dreary Bleakness in the Authoritarian Gloom: They Endure Legislative Institutions, Too

Chapter 8: Brazilian Bureaucracy: Do I Even Need to Bother with the Jokes?

Bureaucracy, It Goes to Eleven

So … What Is a Bureaucracy?

There Be Flaws in Yonder Bureaucracy, Obviously

Chapter 9: Courts and Law: Politics behind the Gavel, Obviously, but What’s under the Gown?

Law and Politics

The Political Functions of Courts

Trial and Appellate Courts

Legal Systems

Jurisprudence

Types of Law

Constitutional Review

Chapter 10: 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

Chapter 11: 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

Chapter 12: International Politics: Apocalypse Now and Then

Causes of War

Back to Anarchy

World War I Was Unpleasant

Realism and War

Challenging the Realist Paradigm

Chapter 13: Secret Government: Spies, Lies, and Freedom Fries
Chapter 14: Political Culture: Sex and Agriculture, Getting Rucked Explains It All

Political Culture

Applying Political Culture

Back to the Question of “What Is Culture?”

Chapter 15: The Lastest and Bestest Chapter: The Study of Politics

Here’s Where the Story Ends

The Study of Politics

The Applied Subfields

Conclusion