Fundamental Principles of International Relations

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This book distills the essential elements of world politics, both the enduring characteristics as well as the revolutionary changes that may be altering the very fabric of the centuries-old state system. Author J. Martin Rochester explores all the important topics that one would expect to find in an IR text (war, diplomacy, foreign policy, international law and organization, the international economy, and more) but injects fresh perspectives on how globalization and other contemporary trends are affecting these issues. In addition, the author does so through a highly engaging, lively writing style that will appeal to today's students. Fundamental Principles of International Relations is a tightly woven treatment of international politics past and present, drawing on the latest academic scholarship while avoiding excessive jargon and utilizing pedagogical aids while avoiding clutter. Rochester ultimately challenges the reader to think critically about the future of a post-Cold War and post-9/11 world that is arguably more complex, if not more dangerous, than some previous eras, with the potential for promise as well as peril.
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“This is an extremely intelligent and well-written text. It brings the foremost issues and complexities of international relations to life for students with engaging prose and critical thinking exercises. I cannot think of a more erudite, accessible short text for international relations courses.”
Jeffrey Pickering, Professor and Department Head, Kansas State University

“J. Martin Rochester has applied his well-honed facility for writing about complex subjects in a lucid, pithy, and concise way to this new compact IR text. The result is an excellent book that should be a strong competitor in a crowded market. Geared to active learning approaches, each chapter includes an ‘IR Critical Thinking Box’ that will engage students’ interest by providing good food for discussion, debate, and writing assignments.”
Margaret P. Karns, University of Dayton

“In Fundamental Principles we have the best of all IR worlds from an instructor’s point of view—and then some. First, there is comprehensive treatment of the field, including a good dose of theory, concept, and findings literature. But the writing style and organization of the volume are so much more exciting than other texts which attempt this. Second, there is a real policy-sensitive and contemporary themes character to the book that is challenging and engaging to students. Finally, the scope and depth of the issues explored leave students with a sense of a ‘new world’ unfolding in which their own knowledge and actions matter.”
George A. Lopez, University of Notre Dame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344188
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,531,109
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Martin Rochester is Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the author of several books and articles on international politics, organization, and law, including US Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century (Westview Press).
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Conceptual and Historical Background

1 Understanding International Relations, or Getting a Handle on the World
The Challenge
Why Study International Relations?
The Definition of International Relations
The Paradigm Debate
Scholars, Policymakers, and Citizens
The Plan of the Book
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading

2 The Historical Development of the International System: From the Birth of the Nation-State to Globalization
The Birth of the Nation-State
The International System in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries
The International System in the Twentieth Century
The Contemporary International System
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading

FOREIGN POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: The Dynamics of Conflict and Cooperation

3 States and Foreign Policy
States as Players
What Is Foreign Policy?
The Analysis of Foreign Policy
Explaining Foreign Policy: The “Levels of Analysis” Framework
The International System Level
The Nation-State Level
The Individual Level
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading

4 Diplomacy, Bargaining, and Statecraft
What Is Diplomacy?
The Changing Nature of Diplomacy
The Good Diplomat and Good Diplomacy:
Rules to Follow in Negotiations
Game Theory
The Dynamics of Strategic Bargaining
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading

5 War and the Use of Armed Force
Trends in the Use of Armed Force
The Causes of War
The Causes of Peace: Approaches to World Order
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading

6 International Organization and Law
International Organization
The United Nations and the UN System
The European Union
International Law
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading


7 Improving International Security
The Problem
Use of Force Regimes
Arms Control Regimes
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading

8 Enhancing Human Rights and Human Development
The Problem
Human Rights Regimes
Human Development Regimes
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading

9 Managing the World Economy and Promoting Prosperity
The Problem
International Economic Regimes
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading

CONCLUSION: Thinking About the New Millennium

10 The Future of International Relations: Sovereignty, Global Governance, and the Human Prospect in the Twenty-first Century
Whither the Nation-State System? Alternative World Order Models
Living with Paradoxes: Toward a More Mature Anarchy
Thinking About the Future
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading


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