International Relations, 2008-2009 / Edition 4

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The top-selling text in its field, International Relations is acclaimed for offering the most current and comprehensive coverage of international relations theory, international security, international political economy, and global issues.

From war, trade, and development to terrorism, human rights, and the environment, this introductory survey examines the relations between states, the international system, and transnational actors and influences. With the broadest discussion of theoretical perspectives, the most up-to-date coverage of international events, and the strongest emphasis on critical thinking, International Relations includes all the tools students need to engage the discipline’s concepts and to understand what is happening in the world today.

New to the Eighth Edition

The text has been thoroughly updated with the most current coverage and analysis of world affairs, including the sectarian civil war in Iraq, the world trade talks, public health campaigns in Africa, elections in Democratic Congo, China's global rise, Iran's confrontation with the U.N. Security Council over nuclear weapons, and the election of women leaders in Liberia, Chile, and Germany.
• Deeper coverage of globalization and transnational issues addresses the increasing number of personal connections that international relations brings into daily life as well as the importance of nongovernmental actors and transnational processes.
• Text-wide discussion of three core principles–dominance, reciprocity, and identity–offers students a new way to follow several of the most central concepts in the discipline and to grapple withthe collective goods problem, the recurring challenge in international relations.
• “The Big Picture” boxed feature and podcasts identify the essential lesson in each chapter, focusing student’s learning. Podcasts by the text’s authors expand on the issue and show how it plays out in a recent case study. The podcast is available on the text’s companion website and MyPoliSciKit.

Find a collection of valuable resources on the text’s open-access companion website.

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Editorial Reviews

Contains 15 graduate-level essays which aim to identify and assess the processes by which a birth cohort is distributed in the stratification system, given its position of origin in that system. Editor Kerckhoff (sociology, Duke U.) provides an introduction situating the studies in the volume in the context of previous stratification research over several generations. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205575275
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/8/2007
  • Series: MyPoliSciKit Series
  • Edition description: Brief Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua S. Goldstein is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at American University, Nonresident Sadat Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland's CIDCM, and Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Jon C. Pevehouse is Associate Professor at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Detailed Contents
To the Student
A Note on Nomenclature
Pt. 1 International Security 1
Ch. 1 Understanding International Relations 3
Ch. 2 Power Politics 51
Ch. 3 Alternatives to Power Politics 95
Ch. 4 Foreign Policy 137
Ch. 5 International Conflict 179
Ch. 6 Military Force 223
Ch. 7 International Organization and Law 265
Pt. 2 International Political Economy 309
Ch. 8 Trade 309
Ch. 9 Money and Business 351
Ch. 10 Integration 389
Ch. 11 The Environment 425
Ch. 12 The North-South Gap 465
Ch. 13 International Development 509
Ch. 14 Postscript: IR in 2046 A.D. 555
Photo Credits 563
Author Index 565
Subject Index 577
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