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World Politics

World Politics
International Relations and Globalisation in the 21st Century

Second Edition
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March 2017 | 488 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A crucial companion for your International Relations course

Helping readers to successfully navigate the exciting and complex field of global politics, World Politics gives a clear overview of the field and will make sure readers get the most out of their course.

In the book: 
  • Terrorism to transnational actors
  • New chapters on Migration and Feminist Theory
  • New case studies including on Donald Trump and the refugee crisis
  • “How to Impress your Examiner” boxes in every chapter with hints on what to do to get those top marks
  • Reflection boxes in every chapter to help you flex your analytic skills and get discussions with your fellow students going
  • Plenty to help you master theory, with a range of dedicated theory chapters, concept boxes included throughout, and lots of case studies so you can see how theories apply to the real world
  • Annotated reading lists and pointers to online resources, making it easy to delve into topics further

Part I International Relations and Globalisation
1. International Relations and Globalisation
2. The Development of International Society
Part II The History of Globalisation and International Relations
3. International Relations before the Second World War
4. International Relations after the Second World War
5. International Relations after the Cold War
Part III IR Theories
6. Realism
7. Liberalism
8. Marxism and Neo-Marxism
9. Neo-Realism and Neo-Liberalism
10. Critical Theory
11. Social Constructivism
12. Feminist Theory and Gender in IR
Part IV International structures
13. International Organizations and Transnational Actors
14. The United Nations
15. International Law
16. Regionalism
Part V Global Issues
17. International Security Studies
18. International Political Economy
19. Human Rights
20. The Natural Environment
21. Development, Poverty and Inequality
22. Migration
23. New Wars
24. Nuclear Deterrence and Proliferation
25. Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Intervention
26. Terrorism and Political Violence
Part VI The Future
27. Rising Powers
28. Conclusions and the Future of International Relations

This is a clear, accessible and useful introduction to major issues and theories in world politics – an up-to-date and engaging guide through the latest debates and developments in the study of the world around us.

Carl Death
University of Manchester

This is an excellent textbook that offers a comprehensive and accessible discussion of contemporary IR theory and global issues. It should prove to be an invaluable resource to both students and teachers of IR.

Imad El-Anis
Nottingham Trent University

Rich in themes, comprehensive in scope, and with a modern lay-out, this text represents a very useful tool for students interested in understanding the complex realities of world politics.  

Eugenio Lilli
King's College London

World Politics provides comprehensive yet accessible coverage of the leading forces and issues in contemporary international politics and international relations. It sensitively balances the twin demands of providing theory and practical case studies whilst ranging across historical context, globalisation, international and intergovernmental organisations, and exploring future trends. Updated and written in a lively style by subject-specific experts of long-standing, it will no doubt continue to be a key core text on undergraduate courses in International Relations, Diplomacy, International Development, Peace and Conflict Studies and Politics.

Peter J. Laugharne
London Metropolitan University

As an introduction to International Relations this textbook is fantastic. It offers a comprehensive coverage of many of the most pertinent issues facing international society today. The layout of the book is clear and the design used is aesthetically pleasing. Highly recommended.

Mr Benjamin Iain Nutt
School of Government, Plymouth University
April 27, 2017

very accessible reading for students

Ms Nakissa Campbell
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
January 16, 2018

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