A fresh, new text introducing the key issues that shape the nature of the international system and global politics in the 21st Century. Suitable for students on introductory courses considering the substance of IR and global politics, this is a major title. The book offers a modern approach to the subject of world politics and covers an increased number of issues, such as the financial crises and migration, in order to reflect the expansion of course curricula in recent years. With contributions from a team of leading international scholars this is a dynamic yet focussed text designed to spark interest and understanding.
Issues in 21st Century World Politics
Author: M. Beeson
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Fully revised, the third edition of this popular text provides an incisive and accessible survey of the key issues in world politics. Written by an international team of experts, this new edition combines brand new chapters with revised and updated chapters on pressing issues such as climate change and resource security.
Emerging Issues in the 21st Century World system Crises and resistance in the 21st century world system
As one-half of the latest edition of Immanuel Wallerstein's "Political Economy of the World System" series, this collection offers cutting-edge theoretical directions to explain the structural crises of the 21st-century world- system. Contributors argue that the capitalist world system has reached a critical bifurcation point, a short period which will be characterized by a sudden shift in the long-term structural forces that have created and sustained the world as we know it. Writers challenge conventional thinking about the most significant structural crises that face the 21st-century world-system, including terrorism, debt, the growth of megacities as global actors, the emergence of a powerful transnational capitalist class, and the world ecological crisis.
Well established in its first two editions as the leading text in the field, Issues in World Politics takes a truly global perspective on the major challenges in 21st century international relations. Systematically revised and updated throughout with the addition of a major new chapter on international terrorism by Tim Dunne, the third edition provides an ideal introduction to the key challenges for a fast-changing world.
Objective, critical, optimistic, and with a global focus, this textbook combines international relations theory, history, up-to-date research, and current affairs to give the student a comprehensive, unbiased understanding of international politics. It integrates theory and traditional approaches with globalization and research on newer topics such as terrorism, the rise of new economic superpowers, and the impact of global communications and social networking to offer the ideal breadth and depth of coverage for a one-semester undergraduate course. Student learning is supported and enhanced by box features and "Close Up" sections with context and further information, "Critical Case Studies" that highlight controversial and complex current affairs topics and show how the world works in practice, and questions to stimulate discussion, review key concepts, and encourage further study. It brilliantly demonstrates the significance and interconnectiveness of globalization and new security challenges in the 21st century and illuminates the role of leadership in transnational crises.
Preface p. xxvii Part 1 Foundation of World Politics 1 The Importance of World Politics p. 1 What Is World Politics? p. 3 Why Study World Politics? p. 10 What New Forces Are Shaping the Planet? p. 15 Chapter Summary p. 28 2 Approaches to World Politics p. 34 What Are the Tools of Analysis in World Politics? p. 36 What Theories of World Politics Flow from the Paradigms? p. 47 What Are the Subjective Approaches to World Politics? p. 59 Chapter Summary p. 63 3 Analyzing World Politics p. 69 What Is the Basic Unit of Analysis in the International System? p. 70 What Are the Levels of Analysis? p. 77 How Are the Levels of Analysis Used to Understand International Relations? p. 99 Chapter Summary p. 101 Part 2 Driving Forces in World Politics 4 Power in World Politics p. 108 What Is Power, and How Is It Measured? p. 110 What Are the Major Elements of Power? p. 119 What Patterns of Power Relationships Exist Among States? p. 135 Chapter Summary p. 144 5 Foreign Policy Formation and Execution p. 151 What Is Foreign Policy? p. 152 How Is Foreign Policy Formulated? p. 161 What Are the Foreign Policy Repercussions of 9/11? p. 177 Chapter Summary p. 180 6 Intergovernmental Actors p. 185 What Are Intergovernmental Organizations? p. 185 Why Do Countries Join Intergovernmental Organizations? p. 187 What Is the United Nations, and How Does It Work? p. 192 What Is the European Union, and How Does It Work? p. 208 Chapter Summary p. 224 7 Nongovernmental Actors p. 232 What Factors Explain the Rise of Nongovernmental Organizations? p. 234 What Are Examples of Important NGOs? p. 237 What Corporate Actors Operate in the International Arena, and How Powerful Are They? p. 241 What Is the Relationship Between States and NGOs? p. 245 Chapter Summary p. 262 8 Political Geography p. 271 What Is Political Geography? p. 273 What Geographic Factors Influence World Politics? p. 285 How Does Geography Shape Human Perceptions? p. 299 Chapter Summary p. 305 9 Nationalism p. 311 What Is Nationalism? p. 312 How Is Nationalism Manifested Around the World? p. 323 Russia's National Identity p. 325 American National Identity p. 326 How Do Leaders Use Nationalism in Foreign Policy? p. 335 Chapter Summary p. 340 Part 3 Significant Issues in 21st Century World Politics 10 Global Violence: Wars, Weapons, Terrorism p. 345 What Are the Causes of War? p. 347 What Are the Weapons of War, and Can They Be Controlled? p. 354 What Can Be Done About Terrorism? p. 365 How Can Global Violence Be Controlled? p. 373 Chapter Summary p. 378 11 Human Rights, Women, and Global Justice p. 385 What Are Human Rights? p. 388 Why Are Women's Rights Human Rights? p. 397 How Do Feminist Theories of International Relations Address Human Rights? p. 403 How Has the International Community Responded to Human Rights Violations? p. 413 Chapter Summary p. 422 12 International Political Economy and Developed Countries p. 430 What Is International Political Economy? p. 430 What Are Free Trade and Protectionism? p. 435 How Does the Global Financial System Work? p. 452 Chapter Summary p. 461 13 The Political Economy of Development p. 468 What Is Meant by Development? p. 470 An Analytical Framework for Evaluating Change p. 476 What Theories Explain Rich and Poor Countries? p. 478 What Factors Affect the Politics of Development? p. 484 What Development Models Have Poor Countries Followed? p. 496 Chapter Summary p. 504 14 The Global Environment p. 511 What Key Factors Influence the Global Environment? p. 514 What Are the Challenges to the Global Environment? p. 519 How Is the International Community Addressing These Challenges? p. 539 Why Can't the International Community Agree on a Common Strategy? p. 554 Chapter Summary p. 556 Glossary p. 563 Photo Credits p. 571.
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