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Offering a truly global approach to international relations, Introduction to Global Politics, Brief Edition, brings together an expert team of international scholars to provide students with a current, engaging, and non-U.S. perspective on global politics. A more concise version of Lamy et al.: Introduction to Global Politics, this brief edition condenses the longer volume's coverage from fourteen to ten chapters—making the content more manageable—and offers an even stronger pedagogical program.

Introduction to Global Politics, Brief Edition, includes extensive treatment of globalization throughout; integrates non-U.S. perspectives from more than twenty global scholars; and emphasizes non-state actors more than other textbooks. Pedagogical features and critical-thinking questions take the global approach one step further by encouraging students to develop their own informed worldview.


* A primer on theory in a single chapter (Chapter 3) succinctly introduces students to the predominant theoretical approaches in international relations.

* "Theory in Practice" boxes demonstrate how theories in global politics relate to the real world by asking students to examine various scenarios using different theoretical lenses. Each box ends with discussion questions that prompt students to apply what they've learned.

* "Case Study" boxes use real-world events to show theories and concepts in action, helping students make policy decisions or other type of recommendation. Each feature ends with thought-provoking discussion questions.

* "What's Your Worldview?" questions in the margins encourage students to think critically about issues, provide ideas for term paper topics, and help students to develop their own, more informed worldview using the theories discussed in the book.

* "Thinking About Global Politics" boxes at the end of every chapter give students the opportunity to develop their critical-thinking skills and apply their knowledge to in-depth activities dealing with real-world political issues.

* Additional study aids—including key terms, a comprehensive glossary, review questions at the end of each chapter, and margin charts that reinforce testable content—help students to better comprehend the material and prepare for tests.


An Instructor's Resource Manual includes lecture suggestions, chapter outlines, group activities, multimedia suggestions, and a comprehensive Test Bank.

A Computerized Test Bank provides multiple-choice short-answer, and essay questions.

A Companion Website at features password-protected instructor's resources (Instructor's Resource Manual, PowerPoint-based lecture slides, and maps) and student resources (study aids, chapter outlines, flashcards, quizzes for review, practice tests, and links to useful websites).

An Instructor's Resource CD includes the Instructor's Resource Manual with Tests, the Computerized Test Bank, PowerPoint-based lecture slides, and graphics from the text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199765836
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/29/2011
  • Edition description: Brief
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 637,734
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven L. Lamy is Professor in the School of International Relations and Director of Teaching International Relations (TIRP) at the University of Southern California.

John S. Masker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University.

John Baylis was formerly Professor of Politics and International Relations and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University.

Steve Smith is Vice Chancellor and Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter.

Patricia Owens is Reader in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

Each chapter includes a Conclusion, Key Terms, and Review Questions.
About the Authors
Maps of the World
Chapter 1. Introduction to Global Politics
John Baylis, Steve Smith, Anthony McGrew, David Armstrong, Michael Cox, Len Scott, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction International Relations and Global Politics
Global Actors
Global Issues
The Origins of Globalization
Historical Trends: Politics
Historical Trends: Economics
Historical Trends: Religion and Society
How We Study Global Politics: Levels of Analysis Theories of Global Politics International Relations Theories and Globalization Dimensions of Globalization
Case Study: Global Production and the iPod Theory in Practice: Perception, Continuity, and Change After January 20, 2009
Thinking about Global Politics: Why Should I Care?
Chapter 2. The History of Global Politics
David Armstrong, Len Scott, Michael Cox, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction World Wars: Modern and Total Legacies and Consequences of European Colonialism Cold War
Onset of the Cold War
Conflict, Confrontation, and Compromise
The Rise and Fall of Détente
From Détente to A Second Cold War
From the Cold War to the War on Terror Globalization: Challenging the International Order?
From Superpower to Hyperpower—US Primacy
Europe in the New World System
Russia: From Yeltsin to Putin
East Asia: Primed for Rivalry?
The War on Terror: From 9/11 to Iraq
Theory in Practice: The Origins of the Iraq War Case Study: Russia and Realism Thinking About Global Politics: Understanding and Resolving International Conflicts
Chapter 3. Theories of Global Politics
Steve Smith, Stephen Hobden, Richard Wyn Jones, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction What Is Realism?
The Essential Realism: Statism; Survival; Self Help
One Realism, or Many?: Classical Realism; Structural Realism; or Neorealism
What Is Liberalism?
Defining Liberalism
The Essential Liberalism
Liberalism in Practice: Globalization
Alternative Theories The Essential Marxism
World-System Theory
Constructivism Feminist Theory
Case Study: The Melian Dialogue—Realism and the Preparation for War Case Study: The Power of Ideas: Politics and Neoliberalism Theory in Practice: Re-Imaging War Thinking About Global Politics: A Summit on Global Problems
Chapter 4. States and Foreign Policy
Steven L. Lamy and John Masker
Introduction States and Nationalism What Is Foreign Policy?
What Do We Expect from Foreign Policy?
Foreign Policy Strategies and Tools
Individual, or the Human Dimension
The Foreign Policy Process
Middle-Power Foreign Policy
Small-State Foreign Policy
Case Study: Refugees Theory in Practice: China, the United States, and Korea: When Great Powers' Interests Collide Thinking About Global Politics: Designing A New World Order
Chapter 5. International Law, Regional Organizations, and Global Actors
Paul Taylor, Devon Curtis, Christian Reus-Smit, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction to International Law
International Order and Institutions
Criticisms of International Law
From International to Supranational Law?
The United Nations
A Brief History of the United Nations and Its Principal Organs: The Security Council; The General Assembly; The Secretariat; The Economic and Social Council; The Trusteeship Council;
The International Court of Justice
Maintenance of International Peace and Security
Increased Attention to Conditions Within States
Intervention Within States Economic and Social Questions The Reform Process of the United Nations
Country Level
Headquarters Level
Regionalism and The European Union Model
The Process of European Integration
Transnational Actors: NGOs, Transnational Corporations, and Criminal Networks: International or Global Nongovernmental Actors; Global Civil Society, NGOs, TANs, and TSMOs
Theory in Practice: Why Some Realists Have Concerns About the UN Case Study: The Baby Milk Advocacy Network Thinking About Global Politics: Who Could Help Tomorrow? Twenty Global Problems and Global Issues Networks
Chapter 6. Global Security, Military Power, and Terrorism
John Baylis, Darryl Howlett, James D. Kiras, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction What Is "Security"?
Changing Character of War
The Nature of War
Evolutions in Warfare
New Wars
Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation
Proliferation Optimism and Pessimism
Nuclear Weapons Effects
The Global Zero Movement
Nuclear Deterrence
Nuclear Motivations
Nuclear Capabilities and Intentions
Defining Terrorism Terrorism: From Domestic to Global Phenomena Terrorism: The Impact of Globalization
Cultural Explanations
Economic Explanations
Religion and "New" Terrorism
Globalization, Technology, and Terrorism
Combating Terrorism
Counterterrorism Activities
Case Study: Asymteric Conflict: The US and Iraq, 2003-2010
Theory in Practice: The Realist-Theory Perspective and the War on Terror Thinking About Global Politics: Perspectives on the Arms Race
Chapter 7. Human Rights and Human Security
Chris Brown, Amitav Acharya, Alex J. Bellamy, Nicholas J. Wheeler, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction What Are Human Rights?
Human Rights and State Sovereignty
What Is Human Security?
History of Humanitarian Challenges
1948 and the Modern Agenda
The 1990s: A Golden Era of Humanitarian Activism?
Universalism Challenged
Humanitarian Dimensions
Political and Economic Rights
Conflict, Human Rights, and Human Security
Feminism, Women, and Human Security
The Role of the International Community
Case Study: Human Insecurity in Southeast Asia Theory in Practice: Gendered Perspective on Human Rights Thinking About Global Politics: What Should Be Done? National Interests versus Human Interests
Chapter 8. Global Economics and Trade
Ngaire Woods, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction The Postwar World Economy
Approaches to IPE: Political Economy: The Application of Rational Choice to Groups Within the State; Institutionalism: The Application of Rational Choice to States
International Institutions in the Globalizing World Economy Global Trade
Transborder Production
Transborder Products
The Globalization Debate in IPE
Case Study: NAFTA and Mexico Theory in Practice: What Course to Follow Out of the 2008 Global Recession?
Thinking About Global Politics: The Possibilities of Cooperation: The Global Commons Challenge
Chapter 9. Poverty, Development, and Hunger
Caroline Thomas, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction Poverty Development
Post-1945 International Economic Liberalism and the Orthodox Development Model
The Post-1945 International Economic Order: Results
Economic Development: Orthodox and Alternative Evaluations: A Critical Alternative View of Development; Democracy, Empowerment, and Development; The Orthodoxy Incorporates Criticisms; An Appraisal of the Responses of the Orthodox Approach to Its Critics
The Orthodox, Nature-Focused Explanation of Hunger\
The Entitlement, Society-Focused Explanation of Hunger
Globalization and Hunger
Theory in Practice: The Terms of Development Case Study: Life in Zimbabwe: Poverty, Hunger, Development, and Politics Thinking About Global Politics: Development Assistance as Foreign Policy Statecraft
Chapter 10. Environmental Issues
John Vogler, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
Introduction to Environmental Issues Environmental Issues on the International Agenda: A Brief History The Environment and International Relations Theory The Functions of International Environmental Cooperation
Transboundary Trade and Pollution Control
Environmental Regimes
Climate Change
Theory in Practice: Regime Theory and the Montreal Protocol Case Study: The "Doomsday" Seed Vault Thinking About Global Politics: The Environment And Beliefs About The Future

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