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Featured Media - Political Science

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U.S. government : how it works
Call Number: DVD JK 31 .G46 2009
Publication Date: Hamilton, NJ : Films Media Group : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2010
"While the complexities of America's political system have never been greater, the right visual aid can help students develop a passion for them. Using eye-catching visuals and interviews with legal and political scholars, this six-part series introduces and explores key aspects of U.S. government"--Container.

6 videodiscs (ca. 144 min.)

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Frontline. Lost in detention : President Obama's tough immigration enforcement
Call Number: DVD JV 6483 .I46 2011
ISBN: 9781608835898
Publication Date: 2011
More than one million immigrants have been deported since President Obama took office. Deportations and detentions have reached record levels. The get-tough policy has brought complaints of abuse and harsh treatment. Now viewers can investigate Obama's enforcement strategies and journey into the secretive world of immigrant detention, while getting a penetrating look at who is being detained and what is happening to them.

Originally broadcast as an episode of Frontline October 18, 2011.

State of the union [politics in red and blue] - Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Science
Call Number: DVD JK 2316 .P65 2007
Publication Date: 2006
"Is the U.S. so divided into communities of the like-minded that people have stopped hearing any political opinion that differs from their own? This program reported by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos explores the polarizing phenomenon known as "the big sort" and how that detrimental force is reshaping activism, influencing the media, and suppressing bipartisan discourse in Congress."


Featured Books - Political Science

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Political Ideologies - Leon P. Baradat
Call Number: JA 83 .B248 2009
ISBN: 9780136037187
Publication Date: 2008-03-04
A core text for freshman/senior-level courses in Introduction to Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Government; a supplementary text for courses in International Relations and American Government (foreign policy).

Using a chronological organization, this text explains the evolution of political thought over the past three centuries and describes political ideologies in the context of the social, economic, and political circumstances in which they developed. It provides students with a complete understanding of political ideologies andhow these concepts relate to their own lives.

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Selecting a President - Eleanor Clift; Matthew Spieler
Call Number: JK 528 .C55 2012
ISBN: 9781250004499
Publication Date: 2012-05-22
"Selecting a President explains the nuts and bolts of our presidential electoral system while drawing on rich historical anecdotes from past campaigns. Among the world's many democracies, U.S. presidential elections are unique, where presidential contenders embark on a grueling, spectacular two-year journey that begins in Iowa and New Hampshire, and ends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Modern presidential campaigns are a marked departure from the process envisioned by America's founders. Yet while they've evolved, many of the basic structures of our original electoral system remain in place--even as presidential elections have moved into the modern era with tools like Twitter and Facebook at their disposal--they must still compete in an election governed by rules and mechanisms conceived in the late eighteenth century. In this book, Clift and Spieler demonstrate that presidential campaigns are exciting, hugely important, disillusioning at times but also inspiring"-- Provided by publisher.

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Taking Sides - George McKenna; Stanley Feingold
Call Number: JK 271 .T37 2007
ISBN: 9780073515274
Publication Date: 2008-03-14
Democracy and the American political process: Should Americans believe in a unique American "Mission"?; Is democracy the answer to global terrorism?; Should America adopt public financing of political campaigns -- Institution of government: Does the president have unilateral war powers?; Should the courts seek the "Original Meaning" of the Constitution?; Is Congress a "broken branch"?; Should the president be allowed "Executive privilege"? -- Social change and public policy: Is homosexual conduct constitutionally protected?; Does affirmative action advance racial equality?; Should abortion be restricted?; Should the government provide national health insurance?; Is America becoming more unequal?; Does the Patriot Act abridge essential freedom?; Stopping illegal immigration, should border security come first?; Should there be a "wall of separation" between church and state? -- America and the world: Does the war in Iraq help the war against terrorism?; Is "Middle Eastern" profiling ever justified?; Is warrantless wiretapping in some cases justified to protect national security?; Must America exercise world leadership?

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The Stewart/Colbert Effect - Amarnath Amarasingam (Editor)
Call Number: PN 1992.77 .D28 S74 2011
ISBN: 9780786458868
Publication Date: 2011-05-04
"The ten essays in this interdisciplinary collection explore the issues engendered by the popularity of entertainment news, including the role of satire in politics, the declining level of trust in traditional sources of media, the shows' cathartic or informational function, and the ways in which these shows influence public opinion"--Provided by publisher.


Reference Books - Political Science

Please note that Reference books can not be checked out.  If you need to check out a Reference book, please see a librarian about requesting the book via interlibrary loan.

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics - Iain McLean; Alistair McMillan
Call Number: REF JA 61 .C665 2009
ISBN: 9780199207800
Publication Date: 2009-03-19

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Encyclopedia of American Immigration - Carl L. Bankston
Call Number: REF JV 6465 .E53 2010
ISBN: 9781587655999
Publication Date: 2010-03-01

The Statesman's Yearbook 2011 - Barry Turner (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0230360099
Publication Date: 2010-08-15

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The Statesman's Yearbook 2013 - Barry Turner (Editor)
Call Number: REF JA 51 .S7 2013
ISBN: 9780230360099
Publication Date: 2012-09-04
Statistical and historical annual of the states of the world. Revised after official returns.

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The Book of the States
Call Number: REF JK 2403 .B6 2012


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