Why Politics Matters,
3rd Edition

Joseph N. Patten, Kevin L. Dooley

ISBN-13: 9780357137468
Copyright 2021 | Published
416 pages | List Price: USD $173.95
ISBN: 9780357137468

Packed with current, global examples, Dooley/Patten's WHY POLITICS MATTERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE, 3rd edition, explains why politics is important to you -- and how you can get involved. Giving you the building blocks to understand political science, it provides a "big picture" of the field as it explores theory, comparative politics, the U.S. government and international relations. Thoroughly up to date, it covers the rise of populism, nationalism, Brexit, the Trump presidency, U.S. relations with North Korea and China, the "pink wave" in the 2018 Congressional midterms, the impact of climate change on international relations and more. Engaging exercises prompt you to think critically about chapter concepts and put what you learn into practice. Also available, MindTap offers you a wealth of anywhere, anytime digital learning solutions.


1. Why Politics Matters.
2. Ancient Political Theory.
3. Modern Political Theory.
4. The American Government.
5. Nationalism and Populism in the United States and Abroad.
6. Authoritarian Systems of Government.
7. Democratic Systems of Government.
8. Comparing Legislatures.
9. Comparing Executives.
10. Comparing Judiciaries.
11. Understanding International Relations: Terms and Theories.
12. War, Diplomacy, and the Beginning of International Relations.
13. Competing Visions for the Future of International Relations.

  • Joseph N. Patten

    Joseph N. Patten is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, and also serves as adviser to the Policy Debate Team. He received Monmouth's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009. Prior to joining the faculty in 2002, he was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Since earning his Ph.D. in Political Science from West Virginia University in 1996, Dr. Patten has taught American Government, American Congress, American Presidency, Ancient and Modern Political Theory, Civil Liberties, Policy Analysis and other courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. His primary research interests include U.S. Congress and American politics, and he has published articles in these areas. Dr. Patten and his wife, Veena, live in Howell, New Jersey, with their two children, Nikhil and Jaya.

  • Kevin L. Dooley

    Kevin L. Dooley is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Since joining the faculty in 2003, he has taught Comparative Politics, Ethics in International Relations, American Foreign Policy, and Early and Modern Political Theory courses. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2004. Dr. Dooley's primary research interests include globalization, nationalism and terrorism. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of POLITICS STILL MATTERS: GLOBALIZATION, GOVERNANCE, AND THE REVIVAL OF REGIONAL MINORITIES (2008) and ALLEGORIES AND METAPHORS IN EARLY POLITICAL THOUGHT: FROM PLATO TO MACHIAVELLI (2018). Dr. Dooley and his wife, Lauren, live in Brick, New Jersey, with their two children, Jack and Megan.

  • Thoroughly updated, the Third Edition includes increased coverage on the role of women in politics and the potential existence of a "gender penalty" and a "pink wave" in the 2018 Congressional midterm elections.

  • New analysis on climate change examines its impact on international relations.

  • The role of racial and ethnic identity politics in voting behavior is explored in more depth and updated with new information.

  • Expanded coverage of the political behavior of young people in the United States and around the world helps readers see the important role they play in the political process.

  • Updated discussions on the impact of populism analyzes how it is challenging the democratic status quo in a comparative context. Coverage includes examples from the United States and across the globe.

  • For the first time, MindTap, an online learning solution built to improve critical thinking skills, is available with this title.

  • Engaging, accessible and extremely student friendly, WHY POLITICS MATTERS is written with a lively, conversational style complemented by a bold, full-color design packed with photographs, maps and other illustrations.

  • Organized to touch on each of the discipline's sub-fields, the text equips students with a strong foundation through insightful discussions defining politics and political science (Part 1) as well as ideology and participation (Part 2). Students build on these lessons by comparing systems in Part 3 (Comparative Politics) and learning how these world systems interact in Part 4 (International Relations).

  • "Questions to Consider before Reading this Chapter" open every chapter, serving as learning objectives that focus students on key concepts.

  • Helping students put what they learn into real-world context, "Theory and Practice" features demonstrate how political thought directly influences modern-day situations, institutions and policies.

  • "Why Politics Matters to You!" features show students how politics and government impact their lives as well as how they can get involved.

  • Critical thinking questions appear at the end of every boxed feature and within the narrative to spark lively class discussions, engage readers and encourage learners to explore chapter concepts further.

  • Visual timelines organize important historical events, political works and the lives of political thinkers in each chapter -- illustrating how text topics are connected.

  • A marginal glossary defines key terms as students read, while lists of Key Terms and Key People at the end of every chapter help them review what they've learned.

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