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Overview

International Relations and World Politics introduces the issues in an organized and comprehensible way, examining them in relation to two trends; three broad, organizing themes or concepts; key actors; and three basic images or perspectives that provide structure for the pages that follow:

• Two trends–increasing globalization and crises of authority–that characterize international relations and world politics

• Key organizing themes or concepts–in particular, security, economy, and identity that structure the three major sections of the book

• Key actors–states, international organizations, and transnational organizations and movements (such as nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, and terrorist groups)

• Three basic images or perspectives on world politics–realism, liberalism (or pluralism as it is frequently called), and global economic structuralism (which includes Marxism, world-systems, and dependency theory) supplemented by references to other theoretical and conceptual understandings mentioned below

Paul R. Viotti and Mark V. Kauppi wrote this book because they believe it is possible and essential to improve a student’s conceptual and theoretical thinking about international relations. If one does not think conceptually, a course in world politics threatens to become little more than current events. Hence, they structured the book in such a way that key concepts, themes, and trends are utilized throughout the discussion of various topics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136029847
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/14/2008
  • Series: MyPoliSciKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. Viotti is a professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies and the Deputy Director of the university’s Institute on Globalization & Security.

Mark V. Kauppi is program manager and instructor in the Department of Defense’s counterterrorism training program and is also on the faculty at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  

In addition to this volume on International Relations and World Politics, as joint efforts the two coauthors have also published International Relations Theory and The Global Philosophers.  Aside from their collaborative efforts, each has authored numerous journal articles and edited other volumes on international relations, comparative politics, foreign policy and national security.

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PREFACE:

PREFACE

This book is designed for use in courses on international relations or world politics. Unlike a number of such textbooks, we believe it is necessary and possible to introduce students to the literature on international relations (IR) theory. It is necessary because theory takes us beyond mere description of current events and into the realm of explanation and prediction of important trends. Theory helps us to focus on what is critical in making sense of the world around us. It is also possible, we believe, to introduce the student to IR works in such a manner that the literature is accessible and understandable yet does justice to the complexity and sophistication of the original works.

Further structure for this book is provided by emphasizing

  • Two trends—interdependence and crises of authority—that characterize the international system
  • Key concepts—in particular, security, economy, and identity
  • Key actors—states, international organizations, and transnational organizations and movements (such as nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, and terrorist groups)
  • Two basic images or perspectives on world politics—realism and pluralism (or liberalism, as pluralist thinking is frequently called). These images are reflected in the title of this volume—realism focusing primarily (though not exclusively) on security in international (or interstate) relations and pluralism tending to take the broader view that goes well beyond the state and relations among states to encompass a wide array of nonstate actors interactingtransnationally on a greater diversity of issues

Our goal, therefore, is to provide the basic theoretical and conceptual tools required to make some sense out of the often confusing realm of world politics.

In discussing contemporary international relations and world politics, however, we agree with P G. Wodehouse's character Bertie Wooster that in telling a tangled story it is fatal to assume the reader knows how matters got to where they are. Hence, compared to many other textbooks, we devote a significant amount of space to the historical development of various international systems and some of the great thinkers associated with world politics. We operate under the assumption that it is difficult to determine what is new about the current world system unless we know what it has in common with the past. We also believe that in order to understand the functioning and future development of the international system, a basic understanding of economics and international political economy is an imperative.

We are grateful to our colleagues for their careful reading of the manuscript and for their insightful suggestions: Charles Bukowski (Bradley University), William O. Chittick (University of Georgia), Larry Elowitz (Georgia College), Harvey Nelsen (University of South Florida), John E L. Ross (Northeastern University), David E. Schmitt (Northeastern University), Stafford T Thomas (California State Universitry, Chico), Richard R. Weiner (Rhode Island College), George DeMartino, David Goldfischer, and Micheline Ishay (all of the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver), Pauletta Otis (University of Southern Colorado), and Christopher Carr (Air University). Warren Miller's inputs on the globalization and economics chapters were particularly helpful. We wish to thank the following reviewers for their suggestions: Roxanne L. Doty, Arizona State University; Dr. Larry Elowitz, Georgia College and State University; Steven W Hook, Kent State University; Larry E Martinez, California State University, Long Beach; and Dr. Bob Switky, SUNY Brockport.

We would also like to thank our friends at Prentice Hall for their support throughout the writing and production process, especially Beth Gillett Mejia, Brian Prybella, and Linda Pawelchak for this edition and Jennie Katsaros, Barbara Reilly, Karen Horton, and Tom Kubiak for the first edition.

Finally, we wish to thank our immediate families for the many animated discussions of world politics down through the years, whether the venue be Europe, Asia, the dining room table, or more recently Internet e-mail. Beyond moral support, we are also indebted to them for substantive contributions, in particular Kathleen's insights on diplomacy, Linda's comments on the flow and pace of the manuscript, Michelle's and Paul's inputs on economics, and David's perspectives on just war and questions of international law.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Overview

Chapter 1: Trends, Actors, and Concepts

Chapter 2: An Emerging Global Civil Society

Chapter 3: International Relations and World Politics in Historical Perspective

Chapter 4: Thinking Theoretically

Part II: State Security and Statecraft

Chapter 5: Power: Interests, Objectives, and Capabilities of States

Chapter 6: Diplomacy: Managing Relations among States

Chapter 7: Force: War, Just Wars, and Armed Intervention

Part III: International Security

Chapter 8: International Cooperation and International Security: International Organizations, Alliances, and Coalitions

Chapter 9: Controlling Global Armaments

Chapter 10: International Terrorism and Transnational Crime

Part IV: The Global Economy

Chapter 11: Global Economy: Politics and Capitalism

Chapter 12: The Political Economy of International Trade, Money, and Regional Integration

Chapter 13: The Political Economy of Investment and Sustainable Development

Chapter 14: The Global Environment

Part V: Identity and Civil Society

Chapter 15: Religion, Nationalism, and Conflicting Identities

Chapter 16: Humanitarianism: Human Rights and Refugees

Chapter 17: Questions in Lieu of Conclusions

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Preface

PREFACE:

PREFACE

This book is designed for use in courses on international relations or world politics. Unlike a number of such textbooks, we believe it is necessary and possible to introduce students to the literature on international relations (IR) theory. It is necessary because theory takes us beyond mere description of current events and into the realm of explanation and prediction of important trends. Theory helps us to focus on what is critical in making sense of the world around us. It is also possible, we believe, to introduce the student to IR works in such a manner that the literature is accessible and understandable yet does justice to the complexity and sophistication of the original works.

Further structure for this book is provided by emphasizing

  • Two trends—interdependence and crises of authority—that characterize the international system
  • Key concepts—in particular, security, economy, and identity
  • Key actors—states, international organizations, and transnational organizations and movements (such as nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, and terrorist groups)
  • Two basic images or perspectives on world politics—realism and pluralism (or liberalism, as pluralist thinking is frequently called). These images are reflected in the title of this volume—realism focusing primarily (though not exclusively) on security in international (or interstate) relations and pluralism tending to take the broader view that goes well beyond the state and relations among states to encompass a wide array of nonstate actorsinteractingtransnationally on a greater diversity of issues

Our goal, therefore, is to provide the basic theoretical and conceptual tools required to make some sense out of the often confusing realm of world politics.

In discussing contemporary international relations and world politics, however, we agree with P G. Wodehouse's character Bertie Wooster that in telling a tangled story it is fatal to assume the reader knows how matters got to where they are. Hence, compared to many other textbooks, we devote a significant amount of space to the historical development of various international systems and some of the great thinkers associated with world politics. We operate under the assumption that it is difficult to determine what is new about the current world system unless we know what it has in common with the past. We also believe that in order to understand the functioning and future development of the international system, a basic understanding of economics and international political economy is an imperative.

We are grateful to our colleagues for their careful reading of the manuscript and for their insightful suggestions: Charles Bukowski (Bradley University), William O. Chittick (University of Georgia), Larry Elowitz (Georgia College), Harvey Nelsen (University of South Florida), John E L. Ross (Northeastern University), David E. Schmitt (Northeastern University), Stafford T Thomas (California State Universitry, Chico), Richard R. Weiner (Rhode Island College), George DeMartino, David Goldfischer, and Micheline Ishay (all of the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver), Pauletta Otis (University of Southern Colorado), and Christopher Carr (Air University). Warren Miller's inputs on the globalization and economics chapters were particularly helpful. We wish to thank the following reviewers for their suggestions: Roxanne L. Doty, Arizona State University; Dr. Larry Elowitz, Georgia College and State University; Steven W Hook, Kent State University; Larry E Martinez, California State University, Long Beach; and Dr. Bob Switky, SUNY Brockport.

We would also like to thank our friends at Prentice Hall for their support throughout the writing and production process, especially Beth Gillett Mejia, Brian Prybella, and Linda Pawelchak for this edition and Jennie Katsaros, Barbara Reilly, Karen Horton, and Tom Kubiak for the first edition.

Finally, we wish to thank our immediate families for the many animated discussions of world politics down through the years, whether the venue be Europe, Asia, the dining room table, or more recently Internet e-mail. Beyond moral support, we are also indebted to them for substantive contributions, in particular Kathleen's insights on diplomacy, Linda's comments on the flow and pace of the manuscript, Michelle's and Paul's inputs on economics, and David's perspectives on just war and questions of international law.

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