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Adopted at over 200 colleges and universities in the First Edition, Essentials of International Relations covers the field's central topics and offers professors the freedom to supplement their courses with additional books from The Norton Series in World Politics. The Second Edition features a new chapter on globalizing issues that addresses scarcity of resources, growing populations, and cross-cultural ethics. In addition, all of the material has been reconsidered and refined based on extensive input from professors and now includes alternative perspectives on international relations such as feminism and constructivism. An impressive ancillary package includes free access to the IR Websource and a test bank for instructors. With its brief but authoritative coverage, outstanding supporting materials, and attractive package options, Essentials of International Relations provides students with the analytic tools they need for study in this dynamic field.

Author Biography: Karen Mingst is professor of political science at the University of Kentucky. She is a specialist in international relations, with specific expertise in international organization, international law, and international political economy. Her geographic focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Mingst has written several books and numerous journal articles and has conducted research in Western Europe, Yugoslavia, and West Africa. She has served as President of the International Studies Association (South) and as Treasurer and Vice President of the International Studies Association.

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Editorial Reviews

Abdalla Battah
“The textbook is well-written and reflects up-to-date scholarship in the IR field. The IR theoretical approaches are skillfully and effectively integrated into the chapters.”
Selwyn Samaroo
“The Global Perspectives box and Theory in Brief is solid. Great content, good presentation.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393935295
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: The Norton Series in World Politics
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 397,820
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen A. Mingst is Lockwood Chair Professor at the Paterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. A specialist in international organization, international law, and international political economy, Professor Mingst has written a number of books and articles and has conducted research in Western Europe, West Africa, and Yugoslavia. She has frequently taught the introductory international relations course.

Ivan Arreguín-Toft is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University, where he teaches introductory international relations, among other courses. Professor Arreguín-Toft is a specialist in security studies and, specifically, asymmetric conflict.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps xi
Preface xiii
1 Approaches to International Relations
International Relations in Daily Life 1
Thinking Theoretically 3
Developing the Answers 4
Integrating the Answers 11
In Sum: Making Sense of International Relations 13
Where Do We Go from Here? 14
2 The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations
The Pre-Westphalian World 18
The Emergence of the Westphalian System 25
Europe in the Nineteenth Century 28
The Interwar Years and World War II 35
The Cold War 38
The Post-Cold War Era 49
In Sum: Learning from History 53
3 Contending Perspectives: How to Think about International Relations Theoretically
Thinking Theoretically 55
Theory and the Levels of Analysis 59
Liberalism and Neoliberal Institutionalism 62
Realism and Neorealism 65
The Radical Perspective 71
Constructivism 74
Theory in Action: Analyzing the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq War 76
In Sum: Seeing the World through Theoretical Lenses 80
4 The International System
The Notion of a System 83
The International System according to Liberals 84
The International System according to Realists 86
The International System according to Radicals 95
Advantages and Disadvantages of the International System as a Level of Analysis 96
In Sum: From the International System to the State 99
5 The State
The State and the Nation 101
Contending Conceptualizations of the State 103
The Nature of State Power 108
Using State Power 112
Models of Foreign-Policy Decisionmaking 121
Challenges to the State 128
In Sum: The State and Challenges Beyond 133
6 The Individual
Foreign-Policy Elites: Individuals Who Matter 137
Private Individuals 147
Mass Publics 150
In Sum: How Much Do Individuals Matter? 155
7 Intergovernmental Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations, and International Law
Intergovernmental Organizations 159
Nongovernmental Organizations 180
International Law 185
Realist Views of International Organization and Law 191
The Radical View of International Organization and Law 192
In Sum: Do Intergovernmental Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations, and International Law Make a Difference? 194
8 War and Strife
The Causes of War 198
The Changing Character of Warfare and Its Instruments 208
The Just War Tradition 217
Approaches to Managing Insecurity 218
Other Threats to International Security 228
In Sum: International Security, Old and New 229
9 International Political Economy
Contending Theoretical Approaches 235
Key Concepts in Liberal Economics 242
Power, Competition, and Development in the International Political Economy 244
The Role of Institutions in Managing Power, Competition, and Development 256
In Sum: Economic Convergence and Divergence 269
10 Globalizing Issues
Health and Disease--Protecting Life in the Commons 274
The Environment--Protecting Space in the Global Commons 280
Human Rights--Protecting Human Dignity 296
The Impact of Globalizing Issues 307
Do Globalizing Issues Lead to Global Governance? 311
In Sum: Changing You 313
Glossary 315
Index 325
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