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Have you ever wondered whether “House of Cards” accurately depicts the reality of Washington politics? Well, this is the place for you. The typical TV politician is an idealist with an almost romantic love for the public interest. In House of Cards, however, we see what “politics without romance” might look like. With self-interested characters who care little about big ideas or the public interest, the show offers a more realistic presentation of how the sausage of politics gets made. It also beautifully illustrates the basics of “public choice theory,” or the economic theory of politics. In this program, we will use the show to explore that theory and apply it to the non-fictional world of US politics.
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