The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations

The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations


Edited by John Baylis, Edited by Steve Smith, Edited by Patricia Owens


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 648 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 262mm x 30mm | 1,380g
  • Publication date: 19 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199656177
  • ISBN 13: 9780199656172
  • Edition: 6, Revised
  • Edition statement: 6th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 13,891

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Trusted by over 300,000 students in over 120 countries, The Globalization of World Politics is the most authoritative and complete introduction to IR available, making it the go-to text for students of international relations. Now in its sixth edition, this internationally successful textbook has been fully revised and updated in light of recent developments in world politics, featuring 35 new international case studies including: the BRICs, Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Sudanese civil war, drones, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, rise of China, Occupy movement, and Syrian Revolution. A new chapter by Andrew Hurrell on rising powers and the emerging global order ensures the text continues to cover topics that will be defining the issues now and for the next generation. The unique line-up of expert contributors introduces students to the very best work within history, theory, structures, and key issues in international relations, providing a launch-pad for those who choose to progress with their IR studies. Students and lecturers are further supported by a well-resourced Online Resource Centre with the following features: Student resources: Mind maps NEW TO THIS EDITION Case studies MORE ADDED Video podcasts from the contributors NEW TO THIS EDITION Interactive library of links to journal articles, blogs and video content Flash card glossary Multiple choice questions Revision guide Instructor Resources: Case studies MORE ADDED Test bank Question bank PowerPoint slides REVISED Figures and tables from the book

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Author information

Patricia Owens is Reader in the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex. She has been a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Visiting Professor at UCLA and held research positions at UC-Berkeley, Princeton, University of Southern California, and Oxford University (where she received a teaching award). She holds graduate degrees from Cambridge and Aberystwyth, is author of Between War and Politics: International Relations and the Thought of Hannah Arendt (Oxford University Press, 2007) and is currently co-editor of European Journal of International Relations.

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This textbook offers an extraordinary combination of historical, conceptual, and thematic breadth; accessible prose written by some of IR's greatest minds; and a perspective that is genuinely global in scope. It is a must-read for students of International Relations from around the world. Arlene B. Tickner, Universidad de los Andes Review from previous edition I love this text and the students do too. It's received very high evaluations and students have given a lot of positive feedback about this text. One student described it as "empowering" - I can't think of a better recommendation than that. Valerie D'Erman, sessional instructor, University of Victoria The Globalization of World Politics is the most comprehensive International Relations textbook. The number and diversity of topics covered makes it a very flexible teaching tool. Felix Ciuta, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University College London This is a brilliant textbook that helps set common ground in introductory courses that are attended by many students with different backgrounds. Pia Riggirozzi, Lecturer in Global Politics, University of Southampton The Globalization of World Politics gives undergraduate students an informative and accessible overview of what is an extremely challenging and complex subject. Kenneth McDonagh, Lecturer in International Relations, Dublin City University This is a comprehensive analysis of contemporary developments in global politics, written by a team of experts in the various fields. It makes its subject-matter accessible to undergraduates without disguising the complexity of the concepts and issues it explores. It covers both the theories and the practice of international relations in a way which will satisfy the requirements of all introductory courses, while laying the foundations for specialised study at more advanced levels. Mark Garnett, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Globalization and global politics ; PART 1: THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT ; 2. The evolution of international society ; 3. International history, 1900-99 ; 4. From the end of the cold war to the new global era? ; 5. Rising powers and the emerging global order ; PART 2: THEORIES OF WORLD POLITICS ; 6. Realism ; 7. Liberalism ; 8. Contemporary mainstream approaches: neo-realism and neo-liberalism ; 9. Marxist theories of international relations ; 10. Social constructivism ; 11. Poststructuralism ; 12. Post-colonialism ; 13. International ethics ; PART 3: STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES ; 14. The changing character of war ; 15. International and global security ; 16. International political economy in an age of globalization ; 17. Gender in world politics ; 18. International law ; 19. International regimes ; 20. The United Nations ; 21. Transnational actors and international organizations in global politics ; PART 4: INTERNATIONAL ISSUES ; 22. Environmental issues ; 23. Terrorism and globalization ; 24. Nuclear proliferation ; 25. Nationalism ; 26. Regionalism in international affairs ; 27. Global trade and global finance ; 28. Poverty, development, and hunger ; 29. Human security ; 30. Human rights ; 31. Humanitarian intervention in world politics ; PART 5: GLOBALIZATION IN THE FUTURE ; 32. Globalization and the transformation of political community ; 33. Globalization and the post-cold war order