World Politics in a New Era

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-18
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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World Politics in a New Era, Fourth Edition, provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to appreciate the full range of international politics in contemporary affairs. Integrating a theme of Globalization and Fragmentation throughout, the book enables students to see beyond the notion of "globalization" as a buzzword and to become aware of the trade-offs and tensions that result from a "global community." Furthering this theme, the authors introduce the concept of Conflict and Cooperation so that students can see how world leaders balance their relationships with other countries. World Politics in a New Era introduces the predominant theories used to explain international relations in Chapter Two. This thorough foundation is followed by discussions of these various theories, which appear throughout the narrative. In addition, "At a Glance" features are integrated throughout the text; these summaries help students to see how the theories work and also how they intersect with individual, domestic, and systemic levels of analysis. Four chapters in the text are devoted to reviewing key historical events, providing students with the context necessary to grasp world politics. A new chapter on non-western hisotry--Chapter 5. Imperialism and Its Victims--allows students to move beyond the typical "western" understanding of world events. Each chapter offers a role-playing exercise called "What Would You Do?" that gives students the opportunity to play the decision-maker during the midst of a crisis. This feature profiles real-life situations and asks students to plan a course of action using the material they've learned in the course. This experience of analyzing a crisis and proposing solutions is a skill that students can use in other political science courses as well as in their daily lives.

Table of Contents

Foundations of World Politics
World Politics: Complexity and Competing Processes
Theory and World Politics
World Politics and Economics: 1648-1945
World Politics and Economics: The Cold War
Imperialism and Its Victims
Globalization and Fragmentation in a New World Order: 1991 to the Present
The Major Issues in World Politics
Security Theory and Practice
Contemporary Security Issues
World Politics: Trade and Investment
World Politics: Development
Human Issues: Demographic Trends
Resource Issues
Global Governance: International Law and Organizations
World Politics in Context
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