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International Politics
Classic and Contemporary Readings

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© 2013 | 568 pages | CQ Press
This comprehensive and smartly organized reader showcases the very best, most engaging international relations scholarship and political debate: over 90 carefully edited readings representing the field's central traditions as well as important contemporary debates that capture new challenges and trace the development of the scholarship. But this is more than just a mere collection of readings: International Politics is purpose-bulit to help instructors and students engage critically, and in the spirit of intellectual pluralism, with some of the world's most challenging and provocative questions.

The reader's substantial part headnotes put each of the selections into context and also into conversation with one another, and Handler consciously models good critical analytic questions throughout. At the end of each part header, there is a set of robust discussion questions that serve to guide discussion of the readings or provide the basis for essay questions. Throughout, International Politics emphasizes the importance of intellectual pluralism in reaching conclusions about the world's most pressing problems, and the selections have been chosen in order to best represent the full scope of topics and approaches. Unique to this reader are selections in each part focused specifically on ethical issues, which invite readers to engage in and make complex decisions about world dilemmas.

The book's four main parts—theoretical traditions, war and peace, international political economy, and emerging issues—dovetail with how most IR courses are taught. In Part I, the major traditions covered include introductions to realism, liberalism, constructivism, their major variants, social scientific and theoretical analysis, and decision-making models. In Part II, topical coverage includes the security dilemma, balance of power, deterrence, bargaining models, theories of democracy and war, civil conflict, terrorism, and the ethics of war. Part II features selections on international political economy, with readings on international trade, hegemony and trade, domestic politics and trade, international monetary affairs, and ethics and IPE. The fourth part of the book looks at emerging issues, including power and inequality, state-building, failed states, foreign aid, international law, the environment, international order, and ethics and development assistance.

Class-tested over several years at the United States Military Academy and elsewhere, International Politics was built from the ground up to introduce students to the traditions and new foundations of international relations as well to the principles of intellectually rigorous thought.

Priced for value, the reader offers nearly twice the number of readings as other leading IR readers and a much broader choice of topics, but at the same price.
 
Contents
 
I. THEORETICAL TRADITIONS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Social Scientific and Theoretical Analysis
 
3. Realism I
 
4. Realism II
 
5. Liberalism I
 
6. Liberalism II
 
7. Constructivism I
 
8. Constructivism II
 
9. Decision-Making Models
 
10. Ethical Traditions in International Relations
 
II. WAR AND PEACE
 
11. The Security Dilemma
 
12. Balance of Power
 
13. Deterrence
 
14. Bargaining and War
 
15. Theories of Democracy and War
 
16. Civil Conflict
 
17. Terrorism
 
18. The Ethics of War
 
III. INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
 
19. Introduction to International Political Economy
 
20. International Trade
 
21. Hegemony and Trade
 
22. Domestic Politics and Trade
 
23. International Monetary Affairs
 
24. Ethics and International Political Economy
 
IV. EMERGING ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
 
25. Poverty and Inequality
 
26. State-Building
 
27. Failed States
 
28. Foreign Aid
 
29. International Law
 
30. The Environment and Climate Change
 
31. A New International Order?
 
32. Ethics and Development Assistance

This book offers an extensive and excellent overview of different fields within a more general area of IR. Perfect for supplemental readings for students who are using a more general intro to IR book.

Professor Maja Savic-Bojanic
Political Science and International Relations, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
May 28, 2014

"International Politics Classic and Contemporary Readings" presents a comprehensive and well-thought selection of classic and contemporary texts on international politics, setting the terms for a solid reflexion on key international relations’ topics. By presenting contrasting views on the same topic, this book challenges students’ critical thinking. This reader is thus the ideal complement to any textbook on international relations.

Professor Isabel Camisão
Faculdade de Letras, University of Coimbra
February 24, 2014

An excellent collection of readings in international relations. I didn't adopt it as a mandatory text for my introductory course in IR because most readings are better suited for advanced courses. I have recommended it to my colleague who teaches the junior/senior level courses in IR theory.

Mr Roberto Cordon
Politics and International Relations, Franklin College
January 28, 2014
Key features
FEATURES & BENEFITS:
  • Over 90 selections make this the most comprehensive reader on the market.
  • Edited by Scott P. Handler and class tested over several years at the United States Military Academy, the reader has been proven successful in providing the foundations for understanding the field as well as enabling students to engage critically with challenging global questions.
  • Well-edited selections introduce the reader to the "heart" of the debate, without any loss of important context or content.
  • Each part features selections that are specifically focused on ethical issues, challenging students to engage in debates about major world dilemma.
  • Substantial part headnotes give the historical and scholarly context for each of the selections, and also help put the selections into conversation with one another.
  • Lists of discussion questions at the ends of each of the parts provide grounding for in-class discussion and debate.
  • Priced for value, the reader offers nearly twice the number of readings as other leading IR readers and a much broader choice of topics, but at the same price.

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