Thoroughly updated to cover world affairs through 2012, International Relations is praised for being the most current and comprehensive introduction to international relations theory as well as security, economic, and global issues.
From war and trade to human rights and the environment, this survey explores relations among states and the influence of transnational actors and events. Applying a broad range of theoretical perspectives to show students how to analyze current events, International Relations offers the best tools for understanding what is happening in the world today.
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Chapter 1. The Globalization of International Relations
Chapter 2. Realist Theories
Chapter 3. Liberal and Social Theories
Chapter 4. Foreign Policy
Chapter 5. International Conflict
Chapter 6. Military Force and Terrorism
Chapter 7. International Organization, Law, and Human Rights
Chapter 8. International Trade
Chapter 9. Global Finance and Business
Chapter 10. International Integration
Chapter 11. Environment and Population
Chapter 12. The North-South Gap
Chapter 13. International Development
Chapter 14. Postscript
Comprehensive coverage of international relations theory. International Relations offers the widest survey of theoretical perspectives, ranging from realism and liberalism to feminism, peace studies, postmodernism, and constructivism. In addition, text-wide discussion of three core principles–dominance, reciprocity, and identity–offer a consistent opportunity to consider the application of theory to different issues. (ex. p. iii)
Balanced emphasis on international security and international political economy. Goldstein/Pevehouse is the only text that equally covers security and economic issues and illustrates how these issues overlap and affect each other. Part I includes chapters on foreign policy, international conflict, military force, and international organizations and law while Part II includes chapters on trade, money and business, global and regional integration, environmental politics and population growth, North-South relations, and international development. (ex. p. iii)
Historical context throughout the text. To place recent trends in the context of the international system’s evolution in the 20th and 21stcenturies, Chapter 1 presents a brief historical survey, and timelines throughout the text provide historical background when needed. (ex. p. 28)
Unparalleled focus on critical thinking. Pedagogical features in every chapter encourage students to make connections between current events and concepts:
- “Seeking the Collective Good” boxes return to the book’s core theme–the collective goods problem–and present¿an example of a collective good that states want and showing how the three core principles–dominance, reciprocity, and identity–are used to provide it. (ex. p. 68)
- “Policy Perspectives” boxes ask students to take the perspective of a national leader faced with a real-world situation and to develop a policy in response. These boxes bridge theory and policy and reveal the tradeoffs inherent to decision-making and the connections between foreign and domestic politics. (ex. p. 100)
- “Let’s Debate the Issue” boxes focus on controversies emerging from globalization and invite students to develop a position on them. Placed at each chapter’s end, these boxes help students use the concepts they just read and prepare for active participation in class. (ex. p. 150)
“Careers in IR” boxes help students see the relevance of and the job possibilities in international relations. Careers covered include positions in nongovernmental organizations, government and diplomacy, international business, and teaching/research. (ex. Special Section after Ch. 1)
The most extensive use of illustrations. The numerous four-color figures, tables, photos, and maps enliven the text’s narrative, make abstract concepts more concrete, and facilitate critical thinking:
Figures and tables present and clarify quantitative data so students can scrutinize the implications of different theories and policies for themselves. (ex. p. 145)
Photos and in-depth captions provide visual examples of important concepts and current events. (ex. p. 180)
Maps located throughout the text and in a mini-atlas help students learn basic geography and link politics to places. (ex. p. 66)
Integrated study guide. Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary, list of key terms, and critical thinking questions. (ex. p. 148)