International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues / Edition 11

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Updated in its 11th edition, International Politics places contemporary essays alongside classics to survey the field’s diverse voices, concepts, and issues. Edited by two of the most respected international relations scholars,International Politics challenges readers to use original scholarship to recognize and analyze patterns in world politics. This bestselling reader considers how to effectively understand politics under governments and beyond. Carefully edited selections cover the most essential topics and are put into conversation with each other to illustrate fundamental debates and differing points of view. Comprehensive and engaging, International Politics offers the best overview of the discipline as well as the forces shaping the world today.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Art and Jervis have put together the best reader in the land for an introductory class on international relations. It covers the key theoretical issues in that field and does it with top-notch readings that are easy to follow and represent different and sometimes clashing perspectives. This book is a wonderful starting point for any student interested in learning how international relations scholars think about the world around them.”–John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago

“If the Art and Jervis reader didn’t exist, someone would have to invent it, but who would do it so well? As an introduction to the excitement of ideas and argument in the field of world politics, this book is unexcelled.”–Robert O. Keohane, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205851645
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/24/2012
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Art is Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations at Brandeis University, Research Associate at Harvard University's Olin Institute of Strategic Studies, Senior Fellow in M.I.T's Security Studies Program, and Director of M.I.T.'s Seminar XXI Program. In 2006, he was recognized with the Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association.

Robert Jervis is Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University; he is a former President of the American Political Science Association.

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Table of Contents

* Selections new to the eleventh edition.


Power and Principle in Statecraft

Thucydides, "The Melian Dialogue"

Hans J. Morgenthau, "Six Principles of Political Realism"

J. Ann Tickner, "A Critique of Morgenthau’s Principles of Political Realism"

The Nature and Consequences of Anarchy

Kenneth N. Waltz, "The Anarchic Structure of World Politics"

*James D. Fearon, “Rationalist Explanations for War”

Alexander Wendt, "Anarchy Is What States Make of It"

*Ian Hurd, “Legitimacy in International Politics”

The Mitigation of Anarchy

Kenneth A. Oye, "The Conditions for Cooperation in World Politics"

Robert Jervis, "Offense, Defense, and the Security Dilemma"

Michael W. Doyle, "Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs"

Stephen M. Walt, "Alliances: Balancing and Bandwagoning"

*David C. Kang, “Hierarchy and Hegemony in International Politics”

Hans J. Morgenthau, "The Future of Diplomacy"

Stanley Hoffmann, "The Uses and Limits of International Law"

Robert O. Keohane, "International Institutions"


The Uses of Force

Robert J. Art, "The Four Functions of Force"

Thomas C. Schelling, "The Diplomacy of Violence"

Bruce Hoffman, "What Is Terrorism?"

The Utility of Force Today

Robert J. Art, "The Fungibility of Force"

Robert A. Pape, "The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism"

*The World Bank, “The Shape of Violence Today”

Nuclear Deterrence and Nuclear Spread

Henry Sokolski and Patrick Clawson, “Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran”

Barry R. Posen, "Dealing with a Nuclear-Armed Iran"


Perspectives on Political Economy

Robert Gilpin, "The Nature of Political Economy"

Michael J. Hiscox, "The Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policies"

Bruce R. Scott, "The Great Divide in the Global Village"

The Nature of Globalization

Jeffrey Frankel, "The Globalization of the International Economy"

Pankaj Ghemaway, "Why the World Isn’t Flat"

*Moises Naim, “What Globalization Is and Is Not”

Alan S. Blinder, “Offshoring: The Next Industrial Revolution?”

Globalization’s Pros and Cons

Dani Rodrik, "Trading in Illusions"

Robert Wade, “Financial Regime Change?”

John Micklethwait and Adrain Wooldridge, "Why the Globalization Backlash is Stupid"


Interstate War and Terrorism

Robert Jervis, "The Era of Leading Power Peace"

Robert J. Art, “The U.S. and the Rise of China”

Audrey Cronin, “Ending Terrorism”

Civil Wars and Intervention

Kofi Annan, “Reflections on Intervention”

*Michael N. Barnett and Jack Snyder, “The Grand Strategies of Humanitarianism”

*Alexander B. Downes, “To the Shores of Tripoli”

Human Rights and International Law

Rhoda E. Howard and Jack Donnelly, "Human Rights in World Politics"

Stephen R. Ratner, "International Law: The Trials of Global Norms"

Transnational Actors and New Forces

Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink, "Transnational Activist Networks"

Phil Williams, "Transnational Organized Crime and the State"

*Herbert Lin, “Cyber Conflict and National Security”

*Marc Lynch, “After Egypt: Online Challenges to the Authoritarian Arab State”

The Global Commons and Global Governance

Garrett Hardin, "The Tragedy of the Commons"

David G. Victor, "International Cooperation on Climate Change: Numbers, Interests, and Institutions"

Adam Roberts, “The United Nations and International Security”

Kenneth N. Waltz, “Globalization and Governance”

*G. John Ikenberry, “The Future of the Liberal World Order”

The Shape of the Future

The U.S. National Intelligence Council, “Global Trends 2025”

Barry Posen, "Emerging Multipolarity: Why Should We Care?"

*Alan Dupont, “The Strategic Implications of Climate Change”

*Neil Howe and Richard Jackson, “Global Aging and the Crisis of the 2020s”

*Arvind Subramanian, "Why China’s Dominance Is a Sure Thing"

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