Controversies in Globalization
Contending Approaches to International Relations
- Peter M. Haas - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
- John A. Hird - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Controversies in Globalization solves this issue by inviting 17 pairs of scholars and practitioners to write specifically for the volume, directly addressing current and relevant questions in international relations through concise "yes" and "no" pieces on topics related to security, political economy, the environment, public health, democracy, demography, and social issues like gender and ethnicity. At the request of reviewers, new to this edition are three chapters covering the financial crisis, maritime security, and international conflict. Providing students with necessary context, the editors offer introductions that effectively frame the debate and make clear what is at stake, both from a theoretical as well as from a practical perspective. Concluding discussion questions in each chapter encourage critical thinking and analysis.
Haas and Hird's edited collection helps readers come to terms with the varying perspectives on globalization, and urges critical reflection and the exploration of alternate views.
Haas delivers a helpful survey over controversies in the broad field of globalization studies. Covering various perspectives that commentators have adopted throughout the last 20 years, students of globalization and global governance get numerous glimpses of the observations that scholars in the North have been making with regard to global politics.
It has become part of the essential bibliography of the course thanks to its novel and interesting way of presenting the main international debates. Some of its chapters will be key to provoking debate in class.
Although globalization is widely employed in both academic and practitional worlds, controversies in it are not widely discussed and raised in both worlds. Haas and Hird's Controversies in Globalization shows an attempt to narrow such a gap. They provide extraordinary yes-and-no essays on different significant global issues ranging from international political economy, international security to social issues and democracy.
a very stimulationg textbook, which juxtaposes different approaches in IR
Controversies in Globalization highlights some of the most important issues involving globalization. By presenting different perspectives on each theme, the book helps students and the readers in general to acknowledge that many crucial matters in international relations cannot be portrayed in a simplistic “right vs wrong” manner. Instead, when addressing a theme, the students should look for different views on the subject (either being complementary or competing) in order to fully grasp what is at stake. Controversies in Globalization is thus an extremely valuable tool for any course on international relations.