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Why Politics Matters 1e

ISBN-13: 9781111828219 / ISBN-10: 1111828210

An Introduction to Political Science, International Edition (with CourseReader 0-60: Introduction to
Kevin L. Dooley, Monmouth University
Joseph N. Patten, Monmouth University
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2013

WHY POLITICS MATTERS: AN INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE, International Edition is a full-color, accessible introduction to Political Science. Organized evenly around the major divisions within Political Science: Theory, American Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations, WHY POLITICS MATTERS, International Edition follows a foundational approach to learning and gives students a "big picture" of the field. The authors approach the subject through a theme of theory and practice and emphasize why politics matters to the reader through current, global examples, encouraging critical thinking, discussion, and participation throughout the text.


  • WHY POLITICS MATTERS, International Edition is written to be engaging and accessible with a conversational writing style, and a bold, full-color design with photographs, maps, and other illustrations.
  • An organization evenly around the four discipline sub-fields, giving students a strong foundation with a discussion 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 to guide students’ reading.
  • 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 are influential in their lives as well as how they can get involved.
  • Critical thinking questions appear at the end of every boxed feature and in the margins within the narrative to spark discussion, application, and engage the reader.
  • Visual timelines organize important historical events, political works, and the lives of political thinkers in each chapter.
  • A Marginal glossary defines key terms as students read, and a list of Key Terms and Key People at the end of every chapter facilitate review.

1. Why Politics Matters.
2. Ancient Political Theory.
3. Modern Political Theory.
4. The American Government.
5. The American Congress.
6. The American Presidency.
7. The American Judiciary.
8. Comparative Politics: Understanding the Basics.
9. Understanding Democracies.
10. Authoritarian States.
11. Understanding International Relations: Terms and Theories.
12. War, Diplomacy, and the Beginning of International Relations.
13. The Nuclear Age: The Rise of the United States and the Emerging Global Order.

"The authors do a good job in making a host of complex topics user friendly for college students." "The first thing I enjoyed was the enthusiasm and passion the authors have towards their subject matter. As a passionate and enthusiastic person toward the discipline, I found their attempt to excite student interest a good thing."
Cyrus Hayat, Indiana University Purdue

"What really makes this book unique is that it centers around the most critical sub-fields of Political Science. The order of the chapters is compatible with the presentation of my lecture topics in my own Intro to Poli Sci class. The writing style and overall quality of work invested... is commendable. The authors are clear, succinct, and consistent in their presentation."
Walle Engedayehu, Prairie View A&M University

"The practical approach directly answers student concerns about relevance and clearly explains why politics (and theory) matters, and should matter, to everyone. The synthesis of theory and practice is directly applicable to younger citizens while still giving students a firm grasp of all aspects of politics."
Kevin Dockerty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

"[The authors] should be proud and I look forward to seeing the eventual product. Their approach is unique and appreciated; the integration of theory and practice is most welcomed.... Breadth and depth are such that they greatly interest me for use in an introductory course geared towards likely majors and minors."
Daniel Allen. Anderson University

"This online reader is an excellent idea, it allows the professor to individually design the class around he/she considers most critical to the study. I would use these readings for class, this option would be a strong selling point for me."
Kevin Dockerty, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kevin L. Dooley
Kevin L. Dooley is Dean of the Honors School and Associate Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2004. Since joining the faculty at Monmouth University in 2003, Dr. Dooley has taught courses in Comparative Politics, Ethics in International Relations, American Foreign Policy, and Early and Modern Political Theory. His primary research interests include globalization, nationalism, and terrorism. He has published numerous articles and one book on the topic entitled POLITICS STILL MATTERS: GLOBALIZATION, GOVERNANCE, AND THE REVIVAL OF REGIONAL MINORITIES (2008). He lives in Brick, New Jersey with his wife Lauren, and their two children, Jack and Megan.

Joseph N. Patten
Joseph N. Patten is the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He came to Monmouth University in 2002 after serving as an Associate Professor of Political Science at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he received the Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2002 and 1998. Since earning his Ph.D. in Political Science from West Virginia University in 1996, he has taught courses in American Government, American Congress, American Presidency, Ancient and Modern Political Theory, Civil Liberties, Policy Analysis, among other courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award at Monmouth University. Dr. Patten also serves as the adviser to Monmouth University’s Policy Debate Team. His primary research interests include the United States Congress and American Politics, and he has published articles in these areas.