Between Two Epochs

Between Two Epochs : What's Ahead for America, the World, and Global Politics in the 21st Century?

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For introductory and upper level undergraduate courses in world politics and international relations.This timely, lively, and insightful book considers the complexity of contemporary global politics and poses some of the most profound empirical and normative questions of our time-particularly how people will be organized politically and will govern their affairs in the 21st century. Examining humanity's transitional state "between two epochs" (the Westphalian and post-Westphalian), the book helps students get a handle on their world, engaging them in critical reflections on broad trends that are likely to shape the human condition. Written in a stimulating, reader-friendly style, it looks at the challenge of making sense today out of what seem to be not merely complex trends but contradictory, paradoxical more

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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 148 x 228 x 16mm | 399.17g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130871109
  • 9780130871107

Table of contents

Preface. I. THE PUZZLE. 1. Introduction: A New World Order, or Disorder? Unwrapping the Puzzle. Critical Questions. The Plan of the Book.2. An Overview of the Contemporary International System. Systematic Constraints and Opportunities Surrounding Global Institution-Building. The Prospects for a New Multilateralism.3. Billiard Balls and Cobwebs. Clarification of Terms: States, Nations, and Nation-States. The Paradigm Debate in the Study of World Politics. A Westphalian Worldview: World Politics as a Giant Billiard Table. A Post-Westphalian Worldview: World Politics as a Giant Cobweb.4. Living with Paradoxes: Shooting Pool and Pooling Sovereignty. Global Public Policy and the Global Political Process. Two- and Three-Level Games. Reconciling Westphalian and Post-Westphalian Perspectives.II. PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER. 5. Challenges to the National Security State: High Politics in the Post-Cold War Era. The Changing Nature of Global Violence and National Security Threats. Global Governance: Efforts at Developing International Security Regimes. The 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention. Conclusion.6. Challenges to the National Welfare State: Middle Politics in the Post-Cold War Era. The Changing Nature of International Political Economy. Global Governance: Efforts at Developing International Economic Regimes. The Uruguay Round Trade Negotiations and the 1994 Marrakesh Agreement Creating the World Trade Organization. Conclusion.7. Challenges to the National Ecological State: Low Politics in the Post-Cold War Era. The Nature and Magnitude of Environmental Threats. Global Governance: Efforts at Developing International Environmental Regimes. The 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. Conclusion.III. SOLVING THE PUZZLE. 8. Summing Up and Moving On: World Politics and Global Governance in the New Millennium. Thinking about the Future. Alternative World Order Models. America, the World, and a New Multilateralism. Some Final Thoughts on Coping with Ambiguity.Appendix: Discussion Questions for the 21st Century Chat Room. Endnotes. more

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"This excellent commentary on international relations is widely inclusive and still tightly focused on where we might be headed separately or collectively. The writing is fluid. His thesis is provocative. Students will really like this book." - Neil Richardson, University of Wisconsin, Madison"Rochester writes with clarity and even grace, and he fills his text with fascinating anecdotes and illustrations. He presents a strong and convincing case for global transformation, providing real insight into the dynamics and functioning of the new global system that is emerging." - Barry Hughes, University of Denver"This is an engaging text written for the intelligent undergraduate who prefers to think for herself rather than being told what to think." - Steve Chan, University of Coloradoshow more

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