World Politics offers the ultimate analytical framework that instructors and students love. With a structure based on interests, interactions, and institutions, World Politics gives students the tools to understand international relations. New Controversy units provide models for applying the concepts in each chapter to real-world issues and events. New InQuizitive activities—created and tested by instructors who teach with World Politics—then invite students to practice applying the analytical tools from the text to alternative examples and cases.
This introduction to world politics offers a contemporary analytical approach based on the way political scientists study international relations today.
Each chapter begins with an intriguing empirical or theoretical puzzle that sets up the chapter's analysis, and "Controversies" boxes throughout the text provide insights into some of the most compelling current policy debates.
Added features stress real-world applications and provide extensive study and review help, making the authors' analytical approach even more accessible and engaging.
Table of Contents
What is World Politics and Why Do We Study It?
Twelve Puzzles in Search of Explanations
The Framework: Interests, Interactions, and Institutions
Levels of Analysis
Integrating Insights from Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism
The Plan of the Book
Part One: Foundations
Chapter 1. What Shaped Our World? A Historical Introduction
Chapter 2. Understanding Interests, Interactions and Institutions
Part Two: War and Peace
Chapter 3. Why are there Wars?
Chapter 5. International Relations and War
Chapter 6. Violence by Non-State Actors: Civil War and Terrorism
Part Three: International Political Economy
Chapter 7. International Trade
Chapter 8. International Financial Relations
Chapter 9. International Monetary Relations
Chapter 10. Development: Causes of the Wealth and Poverty of Nations
Part Four: Transnational Politics
Chapter 11. International Law and Norms
Chapter 12. Human Rights
Chapter 13. The Global Environment
Part Five: Looking Ahead
Chapter 14. Challenges to the Global Order
Conclusion: Can Common Interests Prevail?
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