A Novel Approach to Politics: Introducing Political Science Through Books, Movies, and Popular Culture (2nd Revised edition)

A Novel Approach to Politics: Introducing Political Science Through Books, Movies, and Popular Culture (2nd Revised edition)

By: Kenneth M. Mash (author), Douglas A.Van Belle (author)Paperback

1 - 2 weeks availability


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.

Create a review

About Author

Douglas A. Van Belle is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He was the first person to have served as the president of both the Foreign Policy Analysis and the International Communication research sections in the International Studies Association. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of International Studies Perspectives and Foreign Policy Analysis and has conducted extensive research on media systems and information flows in international politics. He created the press freedom data set that precedes this study, to examine the effect of media freedom on international conflict, as exemplified by "Press Freedom and the Democratic Peace" (Journal of Peace Research). That initial analysis was expanded to complete Press Freedom and Global Politics (Praeger), which provides the foundation for the extension conducted here. Studies of popular media and political theory led to the undergraduate textbook, A Novel Approach to Politics, which is now in its 4th edition. Also, before returning to the analysis of media freedom with this project, he conducted a series of studies examining the relationship between information flows, disasters, and foreign aid, including Media, Bureaucracies and Foreign Aid (Palgrave: With Potter and Rioux). Spurred on by the blatant discrimination inherent in the statement "Trix are for Kids," at age 4 Ken Mash attempted to file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the rabbit and other animals similarly situated. After three errors in one inning squashed his dreams of playing for the Mets, his overactive justice complex led him to pursue a career as a lawyer and politician. While earning his B.A. in political science he discovered what those jobs were really like. Thus, Ken's next degree was in mixology. Eighteen months later, his fiancee informed him that she was leaving town to do graduate work and that she would go either with him or without him. A couple of degrees later, he is currently a political science professor at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he is co-director of the honors program and the pre-law advisor. He has delivered numerous papers and talks on American politics, constitutional law, and civil liberties, and he is very active in the faculty association. He currently resides in Nanticoke, PA, with his wife and four children where he is now content in knowing that his parents were mistaken when, as a child, they told him that he was wasting his time watching T.V. and movies.


Introducing the Ancient Debate: The Ideal versus the Real The Dollhouse Fiction as a Tool for Exploring Politics Utopias in Fiction and Politics Ideologies 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 Security Power Anarchy The Context of Hierarchy Alliances 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? Socialism 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 Simgovernment 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 Intermission 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 Jurisprudence 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 Chapter 13 was Confiscated for Your Protection Political Culture: Sex & Agriculture, Getting Rucked Explains it All Political Culture Applying Political Culture The Lastest and Bestest Chapter

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/11/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780872899995
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 464
  • ID: 9780872899995
  • weight: 685
  • ISBN10: 0872899993
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly