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International, Economic, and Human Security in a Changing World

Third Edition
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July 2018 | 496 pages | CQ Press
“The perfect undergraduate text for international relations. Scientific in its approach, accessible writing, and thoughtful in its discussion.”
—Marc Polizzi, Murray State University

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Now publishing with CQ Press, the Third Edition of IR: International, Economic, and Human Security in a Changing World explores the most current issues affecting the global community by analyzing how global actors seek international, economic, and human security. Award-winning scholars and authors James M. Scott, Ralph G. Carter, and A. Cooper Drury combine thought-provoking examples with practical learning tools to give students context and help them develop an understanding of not just what happens, but why and how it happens. Assuming no prior knowledge about international relations, the text provides students with a framework to understand what conditions behavior in the international arena—the challenges of anarchy, diversity, and complexity permeate the multitude of events that comprise of our world today. Students will be able to make sense of the complicated events and interactions of world politics and come away with a broader view of the world’s geographical and political landscapes.

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
CHAPTER 1. WORLD POLITICS
Introduction: Making Sense of World Politics  
1-1: A Complex World Connected to You  
1-2: The Search for Security in a Challenging Environment  
1-3: The Levels of Analysis and International Relations  
1-4: Explaining the Patterns of World Politics  
1-5: Dilemmas of Cooperation in International Relations: The Prisoner’s Dilemma and the Stag Hunt  
Conclusion: Seeking Security and Contending with Challenges  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
PART I: THEORY AND PRACTICE
 
CHAPTER 2. THE PLAYERS AND THE PLAYING FIELD
Introduction: The IR Game Board  
2-1: The Search for Security in a Changing World  
2-2: The Pre-Westphalian System (Pre-1648)  
2-3: The Westphalian System (1648–1989)  
2-4: The Neo-Westphalian System (1990–Present)  
Conclusion: Same Players but a Changing Field?  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
CHAPTER 3. POWERFUL IDEAS
Introduction: Powerful Ideas  
3-1: Theory and International Relations  
3-2: The Realist Perspective on World Politics  
3-3: The Liberal Perspective on World Politics  
3-4: The Constructivist Perspective on World Politics  
Conclusion: Dueling Theories?  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
CHAPTER 4. ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Introduction: Alternatives to Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism  
4-1: Foreign Policy Analysis  
4-2: Marxist Theory  
4-3: World Systems Theory  
4-4: Feminism  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
PART II: INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
 
CHAPTER 5. UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT
Introduction: International Conflict  
5-1: The Nature of Armed Conflict  
5-2: The Nature and Evolution of War in World Politics  
5-3: Why Wars Begin  
Conclusion: The Consequences of Wars  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
CHAPTER 6. SEEKING SECURITY
Introduction: Managing Conflict and Seeking Security  
6-1: The Challenge of International Security  
6-2: Realist Approaches to Security and Conflict  
6-3: Liberal Approaches to Security and Conflict  
Conclusion: Seeking Security  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
CHAPTER 7. BUILDING PEACE
Introduction: Achieving Cooperation  
7-1: Cooperation and Its Challenges  
7-2: International Law: Norms and Rules without Central Authority  
7-3: International Organizations: The European Union, the United Nations, and Many Others  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
PART III: ECONOMIC SECURITY
 
CHAPTER 8. THE PURSUIT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY
Introduction: Money Is Power  
8-1: Money, Power, and Security  
8-2: The National Economy Era: Colonialism and Mercantilism  
8-3: The International Economy Era: Free Trade, Liberalism, and Marxism  
8-4: The Global Economy Era  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
CHAPTER 9. ECONOMIC STATECRAFT
Introduction: Using Wealth to Influence Other Countries  
9-1: Economic Statecraft  
9-2: Economic Sanctions  
9-3: Foreign Aid  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
CHAPTER 10. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Introduction: The Differences Between the Rich and the Poor  
10-1: The Wealth Gap  
10-2: Why Are Some Countries Rich and Others Poor?  
10-3: Development Theories and Policies  
10-4: International Organizations and Development  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
PART IV: HUMAN SECURITY
 
CHAPTER 11. HUMAN RIGHTS
Introduction: Redefining Sovereignty From Protecting Borders to Protecting People  
11-1: The Evolution of Human Rights  
11-2: The Human Rights Regime: From Norms to Rules  
11-3: The Challenge of Implementation and Enforcement  
Conclusion: The Evolving Human Rights Regime  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
CHAPTER 12. THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Introduction: Environmental Challenges and the Consequences of Human Actions  
12-1: The “Tragedy of the Commons”  
12-2: The Evolving Environmental Regime  
12-3: The Challenge of Fostering Sustainable Development  
Conclusion: Facing the Environmental Challenge  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
CHAPTER 13. TRANSNATIONAL ADVOCACY NETWORKS
Introduction: A New Form of International Actor?  
13-1: What Are Transnational Advocacy Networks?  
13-2: How Do Transnational Advocacy Networks Affect Human Security?  
13-3: The Diverse World of Transnational Advocacy Networks  
Conclusion: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Global Future  
Key Concepts  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
PART V: LOOKING AHEAD
 
CHAPTER 14. INTERNATIONAL, ECONOMIC, AND HUMAN SECURITY IN THE BALANCE
Introduction: Interpreting How the World Works  
14-1: Anarchy, Diversity, and Complexity in World Politics  
14-2: Seeking Security  
14-3: The Road Ahead  
14-4: Theory in Action, Geography, and Foreign Policy in Perspective  
Conclusion  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
Think About This  
For More Information . . .  
 
Appendix of World Maps
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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?“This text gives the student everything they would need in an intro to global politics course. It is well-written and covers all the concepts, theories and topics well.”

Richard Tanksley
North Idaho College

“The perfect undergraduate text for international relations. Scientific in its approach, accessible writing, and thoughtful in its discussion.”

Marc Polizzi
Murray State University

“This book is well-written and full of useful features (applying theory, critical thinking, current issues...). It is also very comprehensive for its relatively brief length.”

Michael Snarr
Wilmington College

“The major strengths are using the three themes (anarchy, diversity, and complexity) to guide the discussion in each chapter. This makes for a great way to organize lectures and helps students remember those points.”

Courtney Burns
Georgia Southern University

“This book is well organized and very well written with good choices of key international relations theories, topics and cases.”

Sangmin Bae
Northeastern Illinois University

“I like the blending of theory and practice and the use of contemporary examples that my students are more likely to be familiar with; many students come into the course with very little knowledge of what's going on outside of the United States, so focusing on the US as an actor may help them understand what is going on better.”

Christopher Lawrence
Middle Georgia State University

“The book is very accessible for an intro textbook; I can see its approach being welcomed by students who are 'theory averse'; it is a gentle introduction to the discipline without throwing students into the deep end of theory, which often alienates them for the first part of a course. It is fairly current in its examples. The writing style is not laden with jargon, and yet it does not compromise on key concepts… I think it has honed in on the conceptual apparatus of the mainstream theories well; its 'empirics' are rather straightforward and probably quite graspable for intro students.”

Ray Silvius
University of Winnipeg
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  • New and updated tables, charts, maps, and photographs illustrate important political events and players and bring concepts to life for today’s students.
  • New and updated "Spotlight On" stories look at recent events happening in China, North Korea, Russia, and other countries to help students apply important concepts to real-world scenarios.    
  • New and updated "Theory in Action" examples feature contemporary theories about feminism, leadership, and more to demonstrate how ideas are directly translated into current policy and action. 
  • New and updated "The Revenge of Geography" feature with current issues such as “The Shrinking World,” turmoil in the African Great Lakes region, and more to demonstrate how a country’s borders and geography influences its relationships with neighboring countries.
  • New and updated "Foreign Policy in Perspective" discussions explain how the dynamics of international relations have changed, putting into context the recent behavior and motivations of Russia’s interactions with its neighbors, Brexit, sanctions on North Korea, and more. 
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KEY FEATURES: 

  • The author’s 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 revolved around the challenges of anarchy, diversity, and complexity unify the chapters and enable instructors to easily incorporate current events into the course.
  • Rather than introducing the theories of international relations at the beginning, the book applies a theoretical lens throughout the entire book and explicitly applies 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.
  • Each chapter begins with a compelling chapter-opening vignette to create excitement for the international relations and prepare students for the material that follows.
  • 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.
  • The Revenge of Geography illustrate how geography and borders can influence international relations. Complimented by discussion questions and relevant case studies, these features encourage students to think critically about how competing forces shape international politics.
  • Theory in Action examples simplify the 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 an issue’s importance.
  • 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… provide students with recommendation for further individual study.
  • 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
 

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