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Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World

Fifth Edition


June 2024 | 568 pages | CQ Press
IR: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World presents a comprehensive approach to understanding world politics through the lens of security, prosperity, and quality of life in a rapidly evolving global environment. The book not only acquaints students with events, but also broadens the context to analyze larger patterns, making the experience immersive and engaging.

Thoroughly updated, the Fifth Edition incorporates new theoretical perspectives, coverage of important events and trends of recent years, and current data and research.

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Chapter 1. World Politics: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Complicated World
 
Part I. Theory and Practice
 
Chapter 2. The Players and the Playing Field: Anarchy, States, and Non-state Actors
 
Chapter 3. Powerful Ideas: Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism
 
Chapter 4. Alternative Perspectives on International Relations
 
Part II. International Security
 
Chapter 5. Understanding Conflict: The Nature and Causes of Conflict and War
 
Chapter 6. Seeking Security: Managing Conflict and War
 
Chapter 7. Building Peace: Structures of Cooperation
 
Part III. Economic Security
 
Chapter 8. The Pursuit of Economic Security: Trade, Finance, and Integration
 
Chapter 9. Economic Statecraft: Sanctions, Aid, and Their Consequences
 
Chapter 10. International Development: Relations Between the Haves and Have-Nots
 
Part IV. Human Security
 
Chapter 11. Human Rights: People, Human Security, and World Politics
 
Chapter 12. Managing the Global Commons: Whose Responsibility?
 
Chapter 13. Transnational Advocacy Networks: Changing the World?
 
Part V. Looking Ahead
 
Chapter 14. Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in the Balance: Future Directions and Challenges
 
Appendix of World Maps
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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"A comprehensive and well-thought-out book for Introduction to International Relations that includes rich features beyond just text."

Marni Berg
Colorado State University
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • The new edition is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support. Select the Vantage tab on this page to learn more.
  • An expanded focus on critical and post-colonial perspectives throughout the text and particularly in Chapter 4 highlights the significance of colonial legacies and identity-based oppression.
  • Throughout the text, chapter features are updated or replaced to be timely and current. Topical revisions and updates strengthen the coverage and relevance of the text, including changing global power and leadership, challenges to international order, new and ongoing world conflicts including the Ukraine War, and global issues including climate and health.
  • New coauthor Yasemin Akbaba brings new perspective and expertise to the text.
  • New and updated tables, charts, maps, and photographs illustrate important political events and players and bring concepts to life for today’s students.
KEY FEATURES:
  • The authors' student-friendly, clear writing style makes international relations concepts approachable and manageable for undergraduate students.
  • A concise organizational structure that can fit into a typical semester provides students with a foundational understanding of international relations complimented by a rich array of relevant examples that stimulate classroom discussion.
  • A thematic approach revolving around the challenges of anarchy, diversity, and complexity unifies the chapters and enables instructors to easily incorporate current events into the course.
  • The authors apply a theoretical lens throughout the entire book and clearly tie theory to real-world behaviors and policies.
  • Authors stress a problem-based approach to issues of world politics – each example is structured around an explanation, a meaning, and implication that helps frame our understanding around each event.
  • Learning objectives at the start of each chapter guide students through their studies and are incorporated into end-of-chapter features to ensure each objective is met.
  • A series of unique pedagogical tools throughout the text help students learn and teachers teach.
    • Chapter-opening vignettes create excitement for international relations and prepare students for the material that follows.
    • The Revenge of Geography illustrates how geography and borders can influence international relations.
    • Theory in Action examples simplify concepts by demonstrating how the ideas of real people are directly translated into current policy and action.
    • Foreign Policy in Perspective discussions illuminate the motivations and behaviors behind the political actors of the world—exploring their pursuit for international, economic, and human security.
    • Spotlight On stories provide additional clarification on topics that are more difficult to understand by taking a closer look at the concept and connecting it to thought-provoking case studies that emphasize the issue's importance.
    • Think About This problems and puzzles encourage active reading and reinforce important concepts by asking students to analyze a variety of situations and "solve" international problems.
    • Key Concepts provide a study aid for students to master the chapter goals. These summaries are tied to chapter learning objectives and help students focus on core content.
    • Review Questions prompt critical thinking and encourage classroom discussion.
    • For More Information… provides students with recommendation for further individual study.

II. Chapter-Specific Changes

Please list changes to each element, including textual revision, tables, maps, charts, figures, data, readings, etc, as applicable.

 

Preface:

 

 Revised to outline changes in 5th edition

 

 

Chapter 1:

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Updated to reflect addition of new theoretical lenses, current developments

 

 

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Summary of Changes:

Updating as noted above in summary (integrate race and post-colonial issues into the historical-developmental narrative); clarification of foundational concepts (anarchy, security dilemma); amplified discussion of diversity among states and other actors and to highlight “change” in the system and world politics; strengthened chapter/text themes and “evolution/change” structure of chapter; new/revised/updated opening vignette, art, tables and figures, updated data/evidence; new/revised/updated feature boxes; updated and/or replaced “Spotlight On” boxes strategically with new material

 

 

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  Updating as noted above in summary; expanded theoretical lenses to include important insights from critical and post-colonial perspectives that highlight the significance and continued relevance of colonial legacies and identity-based oppression; new/revised/updated opening vignette, art, tables and figures, updated data/evidence; revised/updated feature boxes; updated and/or replaced “Spotlight On” boxes strategically with new material.

 

 

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