International Politics on the World Stage, BRIEF

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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This concise text provides students and instructors with a comprehensive overview of world politics, inviting them in a straightforward and accessible way to explore international relations and its new challenges. A hallmark of the text is the authors' position that politics affect the lives of all of us, and that the individual can have an impact, whether small or large, by being politically aware and by taking action. The ninth edition includes an enhanced art program with 7 more charts and analyses and updates of currents including economic trends, possibilities of a new direction in U.S. foreign policy under the Obama administration, global environement issues and much more..

Table of Contents

Thinking and Caring About World Politics Previewing the Global Drama Global Actors: Meet the Cast Alternative Approaches to World Politics
The Importance of World Politics to Each of Us World Politics and Your Finances International Trade and Your Finances
The Flow of International Capital and Your Finances Defense Spending and Your Finances World Politics and Your Living Space World Politics and Your Life Transmational Diseases Transnational Political Violence You Can Make a Difference Taking Direct Action Voting
Becoming a Policy Maker Thinking Theoretically: Putting World Events in Context Realist Theory Classic Realism and Neorealism Realism: An Emphasis on Power Realism and the Competitive Future Liberal Theory Classic Liberalism and Neoliberalism Liberalism: An Emphasis on Cooperation Liberalism and the Cooperative Future Postmodernist, Feminist, and Economic Theories Postmodernist Theory Feminist Theory Economic Theories Constructivist Theory Constructivism and the Nature of Politics Constructivism and the Course of World Politics Assessing Theories
Chapter Summary
The Evolution of World Politics The Evolving World System: Early Development Ancient Greece and Rome After the Fall of Rome, A.D. 476 to 1700
Universal Authority in the Middle Ages Local Authority in the Middle Ages
The Decline of the Feudal System
The Decline of Universalistic Authority The Emergence of the Sovereign State
The 18th and 19th Centuries The Evolving World System: The Twentieth Century
The Rise and Deline of the Bipolar System
The end of the Bipolar System
The Twenty-First Century: The Genesis of a New System The Polar Power Structure in the Twenty-First Century A Unipolar Moment
The Multipolar Urge Limited Unipolarity Future Polarity Other Power Changes in the Twenty-First Century
The Weakening Western Orientation of the International System Challenges to the Authority of the State Security in the Twenty-First Century Global Economics in the 21st Century Economic Independence Economic Disparity between North and South Quality of Life in the 21st Century Human Rights The Environment
Chapter Summary
Levels of Analysis and Foreign Policy Individual-Level Analysis Humans as a Species Cognitive Factors
Emotional Factors
Psychological Factors
Biological Factors
Gender Organizational Behavior Role behavior
Decision-Making Behavior within Organizations
Leaders and Their Individual Traits Personality Physical and Mental Health Ego and Ambition Political History and Personal Experiences Perceptions and Operational Reality Policy as a Mix of Rational and Irrational Factors State-Level Analysis
Making Foreign Policy: Type of Government, Situation, and Policy Type of Government and the Foreign Policy Process Type of Situation and the Foreign Policy Process Type of Policy and the Foreign Policy Process
Making Foreign Policy: Political Culture Foreign Policy-Making Actors System-Level Analysis Structural Characteristics The Organization of Authority Scope, Level, and Intensity of Interactions Power Relationships
The Number of Powerful Actors The Context of Power Economic Realities Norms
Chapter Summary
Nationalism: The Traditional Orientation Understanding Nations, Nationalism, and Nation-States Nations, Nationalism, and Nation-States Defined Nations Nationalism Nation-States
The Rise of Ascendancy of Nationalism Early Nationalism Ascendant Modern Nationalism Patterns of Nation-State Formation Nationalism in Practice: Issues and Evaluation Nation-States: More Myth than Reality One State, One Nation One State, Multiple Nations One Nation, Multiple States One Nation, No State Multiple Nations, Multiple States Positive and Negative Aspects of Nationalism Positive Nationalism Negative Nationalism Self-Determination as a Goal Positive Aspects of Self-Determination Concerns about Self-Determination Nationalism and the Future The Recent Past and Present of Nationalism
The Predicted Demise of Nationalism Persistent Nationalism
The Future of Nationalism
Chapter Summary
Globalization: The Alternative Orientation Globalism Globalization Globalization of Transportation and Communications Global Transportation Global Communications Economic Globalization Cultural Globalization Language Consumer Products Evaluating Globalization Arguments for Economic Globalization Concerns about Economic Globalization Concerns about Cultural Globalization Transnationalism Transnational Organizations
The Growth of NGOs The Activities of NGOs
The Impact of NGOs Regional Transnationalism Cultural Transnationalism Transnational Religion Religion and World Politics
The Strength of Religious Fundamentalism Islam and the World
The Political Heritage of Muslims Islam and Nationalism Islam and the Non-Islamic World Transnational Movements Women in the World Goals of the Transnational Women''s Movement Organization of the Transnational Women''s Movement Advances in Women in Politics
The Future of Transnationalism
Chapter Summary
Power, Statecraft, and the National State: The Traditional Structure
The Nature and Purpose of the State
The State Defined Sovereignty Territory Population Diplomatic Recognition Internal Organization Domestic Support Purposes of the State How States Are Governed Authoritarian Government Democratic Government Democracy and Security
The Complex Nature of Power Power as an Asset and Goal Hard and Soft Power Absolute and Relative Power Power as Capacity and Will Situational Power Power Dynamics
The Diplomatic Instrument Diplomacy as Applied Power Multilateral Diplomacy Leader-to-Leader Diplomacy Democratized Diplomacy Parliamentary Diplomacy Open Diplomacy Diplomacy as a Communications Process Conducting Diplomacy Direct or Indirect Negotiations High-Level or Low-Level Diplomacy
Using Coercion or Rewards Being Precise or Intentionally Vague Communicating by Word or Dee Linking Issues or Treating Them Separately Maximizing or Minimizing a Dispute
The Informational Instrument States and the Future
The State: Changing Status
The State: The Indictment States Are Obsolete States Are Destructive
The State: The Defense
The State: The Verdict
Chapter Summary
Intergovernmental Organizations: Alternative Governance
An Overview of Intergovernmental Organizations History of IGOs Theories of IGO Formation
The Growth of IGOs Reasons for Growth Roles the IGOs Play Interactive Arena Center of Cooperation Independent International Actor Supranational Organization Global IGOs: Focus on the United Nations Membership and Voting Membership Issues Voting Issues Leadership
The Selection of IGO Leaders
The Role of IGO Leaders Administration, and Finance Administration Finance Activities of the UN and Other IGOs Activities Promoting Peace and Security Social, Economic, Environmental, and Other Activities Evaluating Global IGOs Regional IGOs: Focus on the European Union
The Origins and Evolution of the European Union Economic Integration Political Integration Governance of the European Union Political Leadership Bureaucracy Oversight Agencies Legislature Judiciary
The Future of the EU Campaign for a Constitution Reflecting on the EU''s Future
Chapter Summary
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