Introduction to Global Politics

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2014-07-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Introduction to Global Politics, Brief Third Edition, brings together an expert team of international scholars to provide students with a current, engaging, and non-U.S. perspective on global politics. It shows students how to analyze global political events using theoretical approaches--both mainstream and alternative--and emphasizes non-state actors more than other textbooks.


* "Thinking about Global Politics" boxes at the end of each chapter give students the opportunity to develop their critical-thinking skills and apply their knowledge to in-depth activities dealing with real-world issues

* "Theory in Practice" essays with discussion questions examine real-world scenarios using a variety of theoretical lenses

* "Engaging with the World" boxes suggest ways that students can get involved with activist organizations

* "Case Study" essays with discussion questions delve into timely moments from world events, providing students with more in-depth analyses of specific topics

* "What's Your Worldview?" critical-thinking questions challenge students to develop their own, more well-informed ideas about global actors and issues

* Additional study aids--including a comprehensive glossary, review questions at the end of each chapter, and margin charts--help students better comprehend the material and prepare for tests

Author Biography

Steven L. Lamy is Professor of International Relations and Vice Dean for Academic Programs for Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California.

John S. Masker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University.

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations at Swansea University.

Sir Steve Smith is Vice Chancellor and Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter.

Patricia Owens is Reader in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Maps of the World
Chapter 1. Introduction to Global Politics
International Relations and Global Politics
Defining Nation, State, and Nation-State
Global Actors
Global Issues
The Origins of Globalization
Historical Trends: Politics
Historical Trends: Economics
Historical Trends: Religion and Society
Research Approaches and Levels of Analysis
The Historical Approach
The Social Scientific Approach: Levels of Analysis
The Constructivist Approach
Introduction to Theories of Global Politics
International Relations Theories and Globalization
Dimensions of Globalization
Global Perspective: Perception, Continuity, and Change After January 20, 2009
Case Study: Global Production and the iPod
Thinking about Global Politics: Why Should I Care?
Chapter 2. The Evolution of Global Politics
World Wars: Modern and Total
Legacies and Consequences of European Colonialism
Cold War
Onset of the Cold War
Conflict, Confrontation, and Compromise
The Rise and Fall of Détente
From Détente to a Second Cold War
From the End of the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
Globalization: Challenging the International Order?
From Superpower to Hyperpower--US Primacy
Europe in the New World System
Russia: From Yeltsin to Putin
East Asia: Primed for Rivalry?
The War on Terrorism: From 9/11 to Iraq and Afghanistan
Case Study: Russia and Realism
Theory in Practice: The Iraq War and Its Origins
Thinking about Global Politics: Understanding and Resolving International Conflicts
Chapter 3. Theories of Global Politics
What Is Realism?
The Essential Realism
One Realism, or Many?
What Is Liberalism?
Defining Liberalism
The Essential Liberalism
Liberalism in Practice: Globalization
Alternative Theories
The Essential Marxism
World-System Theory
Feminist Theory
Case Study 3.1: The Melian Dialogue--Realism and the Preparation for War
Case Study 3.2: The Power of Ideas: Politics and Neoliberalism
Theory in Practice: Reimaging War
Thinking about Global Politics: A Summit on Global Problems
Chapter 4. Making Foreign Policy
States and Nationalism
What Is Foreign Policy?
What Do We Expect from Foreign Policy?
Foreign Policy Strategies and Tools
Sticks, or Threats
Carrots, or Inducements
Sermons: Diplomatic Messaging and the Use of the Media
Soft and Hard Power in Foreign Policy
Explaining Foreign Policy: Levels of Analysis
Individual Factors, or the Human Dimension
Domestic Factors, or National Attributes
Systemic Factors
Global Factors
The Foreign Policy Process
Four Phases of Foreign Policy Making
Foreign Policy Styles and Traditions
Great Powers, Middle Powers, and Small States
Case Study: Refugees
Theory in Practice: China, the United States, and Korea: When Great Powers' Interests Collide
Thinking about Global Politics: Designing a New World Order
Chapter 5. International Law and Nonstate Actors
International Law
International Order and Institutions
Criticisms of International Law
From International to Supranational Law?
The United Nations
A Brief History of the United Nations and Its Principal Organs
Maintenance of International Peace and Security
Increased Attention to Conditions Within States
Intervention Within States
Economic and Social Questions
The Reform Process of the United Nations
Country Level
Headquarters Level
The European Union and Other Regional Organizations
The Process of European Integration
Other Regional Actors: The African Union and the Organization of American States
Nongovernmental Actors
The Growth of Global Civil Society
Nongovernmental Organizations
Celebrity Diplomacy
Foundations and Think Tanks
Multinational Corporations
Criminal and Terrorist Networks as Global Actors
Theory in Practice: Neoconservatives and the UN
Case Study: A Global Campaign: The Baby Milk Advocacy Network
Thinking About Global Politics: Who Could Help Tomorrow? Twenty Global Problems and Global Issues Networks
Chapter 6: Global Security, Military Power, and Terrorism
What Is "Security"?
The Changing Character of War
The Nature of War
Evolutions in Warfare
Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation
Proliferation Optimism and Pessimism
Nuclear Weapons Effects
The Global Zero Movement
Nuclear Deterrence
Nuclear Motivations
Nuclear Capabilities and Intentions
Defining Terrorism
Terrorism: From Domestic to Global Phenomena
The Impact of Globalization on Terrorism
Cultural Explanations
Economic Explanations
Religion and "New" Terrorism
Globalization, Technology, and Terrorism
Security of Terrorist Organizations
Combating Terrorism
Counterterrorism Activities
Case Study 6.1: US Drone Warfare: A Robotic Revolution in Modern Combat
Case Study 6.2: Cyberterrorism
Theory in Practice: The Realist-Theory Perspective and the War on Terror
Thinking About Global Politics: Perspectives on the Arms Race
Chapter 7: Human Rights and Human Security
What Are Human Rights?
Origin of the Concept
The Liberal Account of Rights
Human Rights and State Sovereignty
International Human Rights Legislation
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Subsequent UN Legislation
What Is Human Security?
Origin of the Concept
Human Security and Development
Common Security
History of Humanitarian Activism and Intervention
Intervention and Nonintervention in the 1990s
Universalism Challenged
Humanitarian Dimensions
Political and Economic Rights and Security
Human Rights and Human Security During Conflict
Women, Conflict, and Human Security
The Role of the International Community
Case Study: Human Insecurity in Southeast Asia
Theory in Practice: Gendered Perspective on Human Rights
Thinking about Global Politics: What Should Be Done? National Interests versus Human Interests
Chapter 8: Global Economics and Trade
The Postwar World Economy
Approaches to IPE
Traditional Approaches: Liberal, Mercantilist, and Marxist
New Approaches
International Institutions in the Globalizing World Economy
Global Trade
Transborder Production
Transborder Products
The Globalization Debate in Political Economy
Case Study: NAFTA and Mexico
Theory in Practice: What Course to Follow Out of the Global Recession?
Thinking About Global Politics: The Possibilities of Cooperation: The Global Commons Challenge
Chapter 9: Poverty, Development, and Hunger
Post-1945 International Economic Liberalism and the Orthodox Development Model
The Post-1945 International Economic Order: Results
Economic Development: Orthodox and Alternative Evaluations
A Critical Alternative View of Development
Democracy, Empowerment, and Development
The Orthodoxy Incorporates Criticism
An Appraisal of the Responses of the Orthodox Approach to its Critics
The Orthodox, Nature-Focused Explanation of Hunger
The Entitlement, Society-Focused Explanation of Hunger
Globalization and Hunger
Case Study 9.1: Ideas and Development in the Contemporary Coffee-Producing Sector
Theory in Practice: The Terms of Development
Case Study 9.2: Haiti: Poverty and Hunger
Thinking about Global Politics: Development Assistance as Foreign Policy Statecraft
Chapter 10: Environmental Issues
Environmental Issues on the International Agenda: A Brief History
The Environment and International Relations Theory
The Functions of International Environmental Cooperation
Transboundary Trade and Pollution Control
Norm Creation
Capacity Building
Scientific Understanding
Governing the Commons
Environmental Regimes
Climate Change
Case Study: The "Doomsday" Seed Vault
Theory in Practice: Regime Theory and the Montreal Protocol
Thinking about Global Politics: The Environment: Images and Options

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