Global Politics: Origins, Currents, and Directions, 5th Edition
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Global Politics: Origins, Currents, and Directions introduces readers to the rich and diverse experience that is the study of contemporary international relations, encouraging an appreciation of the theoretical roots of divergent perspectives on how the international system operates. The text, suitable for courses in International Relations and World/Global Politics, also establishes the vital historical context in which the modern world is embedded, and stimulates thoughtful analysis and critical thinking while promoting a healthy skepticism for established wisdom and prevailing assumptions. This fifth edition continues to reveal the human element of international relations by providing insights and biographies of individuals who have made an impact on the world in which we live. Reflecting the contemporary global environment and the issues faced by today’s scholars, policymakers, students, and citizens, Global Politics gives equal attention to the theoretical developments and historical events of the past, the key issues facing us today, and the emerging agenda that confronts us all. As the full title indicates, this book looks to the future as much as it looks to the past and the present. The book does not claim to be a crystal ball but it does identify trends and themes, and challenges the reader to think about the issues and theoretical approaches that loom on the horizon.
- *NEW* Thoroughly updated to include new treatments and references to theoretical material, as well as empirical updates on diplomatic relations, transnational movements, international organizations, peacekeeping operations, civil conflicts, and many other contemporary issues.
- *NEW* Updated coverage of the global economic recession, and the crises in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, and Italy.
- *NEW* A new section on one of the greatest human rights and women's rights issues today, human trafficking.
- *NEW* Deepened discussions of information technology and global politics (e.g., WikiLeaks and other revelations about electronic surveillance).
- *NEW* Expanded discussions of global health governance, climate change science and diplomacy, and refugee crises.
- Part One, "Origins," examines the theoretical perspectives that are fundamental to any understanding of the debates and controversies in the discipline, and the historical evolution of the international system to the end of the Cold War.
- Part Two, "Currents," introduces readers to some of the key issues on the contemporary security, economic, and ethical agendas such as today's varied conflict management efforts, the divisive impact of globalization on the world economy, and some principal human rights and human security questions.
- Part Three, "Directions," explores items of growing importance on the international agenda, beginning with a discussion of contemporary global environmental problems, then looks at population growth and movements, global health issues, and the impact of the information revolution; and finally, examines possible future trends in all of these areas of study.
- Introduces readers to the rich and diverse experience that is the study of contemporary international relations, encouraging an appreciation of the theoretical roots of divergent perspectives on how the international system operates.
- Establishes the vital historical context in which the modern world is embedded, and stimulates thoughtful analysis and critical thinking while promoting a healthy skepticism for established wisdom and prevailing assumptions.
Table of Contents
- Part One: Origins
- Chapter 1: Global Politics: The Discipline and Its Theoretical Foundations
- Chapter 2: History and Global Politics: War and Peace
- Chapter 3: The Cold War and Foreign Policy Analysis
- Chapter 4: Political Perspectives on the World Economy
- Chapter 5: International Institutions and Law
- Part Two: Currents
- Chapter 6: International Security after the Cold War
- Chapter 7: Conflict Management in Global Politics
- Chapter 8: The Global Economy: Growth, Prosperity, Crisis, and Inequity
- Chapter 9: Human Rights and Human Security
- Part Three: Directions
- Chapter 10: Global Ecopolitics: Crises and Change
- Chapter 11: Population Growth, Movements, and Global Health
- Chapter 12: Technology and Information in Global Politics
- Chapter 13: New Directions in Theory and Practice