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World Politics

World Politics
International Relations and Globalisation in the 21st Century

Third Edition
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March 2023 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The most engaging, coherent, and up-to-date introduction to the field available. Extensively revised, the third edition is a comprehensive yet accessible account of IR theory, international actors, and global issues. This textbook is the ideal guide to navigating some of the most challenging and critical issues we face.

World politics is changing fast. Spiralling energy and food costs are initiating a global hunger crisis. Our continued over-dependence on fossil fuels is causing dangerous climate change. International organisations, companies, sovereign states, diplomats, and citizens must work together to resolve multiple issues – from war in Ukraine to the global Covid-19 pandemic. This fully revised and updated third edition presents the concepts, theories and applications of world politics in a comprehensive and contemporary style to help you understand current global affairs.

The text is packed with examples from around the world. It takes a distinctive longer-term historical perspective, showing how events from the 1500s impact on international structures and dynamics today. Covering all the essential topics, from international law and political economy to critical theory and security studies, this new edition includes:

  • 3 brand new chapters on Foreign Policy Analysis, Race and Identity, and Global Health
  • Fully revised historical chapters for a comprehensive historical perspective
  • An expanded range of topics, cases, and cutting-edge research to fully reflect the latest empirical and theoretical developments

Its unparalleled breadth and clarity make it the perfect introductory text for all undergraduate students of International Relations and Global Politics.

Jeffrey Haynes is an emeritus professor of politics at London Metropolitan University.

Peter Hough is an Associate Professor in International Politics at Middlesex University, London.

Bruce Pilbeam is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at London Metropolitan University.

IR & Globalisation
1. World Politics And Globalisation
Globalisation And IR: Historical Perspective
2. International Society And World Politics
3. World Politics: 19th Century To World War II
4. World Politics After World War II
5. World Politics After The Cold War
IR Theories
6. Realism
7. Liberalism
8. Marxism And Neo-Marxism
9. Post-Positivism
10. Critical Theory
11. Feminism And Gender
12. Social Constructivism
International Structures And Dynamics
13. Foreign Policy Analysis
14. International Organisations And Transnational Actors
15. The United Nations
16. Global Civil Society
17. International Law
18. Regionalism
19. Race & Identity
20. International Security
21. International Political Economy
Global Issues
22. The Global Environment
23. Development, Poverty And Inequality
24. Contemporary Warfare
25. Global Health Politics
26. Migration
27. Human Rights
28. Terrorism And Political Violence
29. Nuclear Deterrence And Proliferation
30. Peacekeeping And Peacebuilding
31. Conclusions And The Future Of World Politics


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