House of Cards (Book)

Monsters in Politics

Exploration of the idea that House of Cards sets an alternate political world, where the leader is a ferocious animal, a political field overtaken by monsters who remain true to their fundamental nature or try to master their bloodthirsty instincts. But can we really think that the elected men and women are so different from their constituents?

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Emmanuel Taïeb is professor of political science at the Lyon Institute of Political Studies and chief
editor of the reviews Saison and Quaderni. His work focuses on conspiracy theories, on the death
penalty and violence as well as political TV series seen as spaces where utopian propositions may be
presented.

Introduction

Chapter 1: WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

The Art of Wordly Wisdom

The struggle for positions

Real and fictional manoeuvres

Chapter 2: THE PRESENCE OF EVIL

Progressive descent into crime

The dark side of the force

Masters and accomplices

Chapter 3: ANIMALITY IN POLITICS

Political Darwinism

Prey and predators

A politics of instinct

The strange world of politics

Chapter 4: ABNORMALITY IN POLITICS

A vampire couple

Gender and asexuality

A wake-up call for democracy

Conclusion: SURVIVAL

Bibliography

Index

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