Readings on How the World Works: Current Issues in International Relations

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Readings on How the World Works presents writings on contemporary issues in international relations and provides examples of how the field’s major theories explain real-world events. Designed to complement the coverage in survey texts like How the World Works, this reader balances analytical and descriptive selections that are accessible for students new to political science. Readings on How the World Works is easy and inexpensive to add to any course and helps students develop a more systematic and enduring understanding of international relations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321409997
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Bova is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Dickinson College.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. How to Think About World Politics: Realism and Its Critics

John J. Mearsheimer, “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics”

Bruce Russett and John O’Neal, “International Systems: Vicious Circles and Virtuous Circles”

Alexander Wendt, “Constructing International Politics”

Ann Tickner, “Searching for the Princess?”

Chapter 2. Historical Perspectives: Continuity and Change in World Politics

Paul Schroeder, “Historical Reality vs. Neo-Realist Theory”

Jeffrey Record, “The Use and Abuse of History: Munich, Vietnam and Iraq”

Chapter 3. Levels of Analysis: The Making of Foreign Policy

Scott D. Sagan, “The Causes of Nuclear Proliferation”

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt with responses from Dennis Ross and Zbigniew Brzezinski, “The War over Israel’s Influence”

John Mueller, “The Iraq Syndrome”

Steve A. Yetiv, “The Iraq War of 2003”

Chapter 4. War and Violence in World Politics: The Realist’s World

Robert Jervis, “Theories of War in an Era of Leading-Power Peace”

Niall Ferguson, “The Next War of the World”

Stephen P. Rosen, “After Proliferation: What to Do if More States Go Nuclear”

John Mueller, “Terrorphobia: Our False Sense of Insecurity”

Chapter 5. International Law & Organization: The Promise of Liberal Institutionalism

Robert O. Keohane, “International Institutions: Can Interdependence Work”

Anne Marie-Slaughter, “Leading Through Law”

Michael Glennon, “Why the Security Council Failed”

Thomas G. Weiss, “The Illusion of UN Security Council Reform”

Chapter 6. The Human Rights Revolution: The Construction of International Norms

Kathryn Sikkink, “Transnational Politics, International Relations Theory, and Human Rights”

Julie A. Mertus, “Raising Expectations?: Civil Society’s Influence on Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy”

Oona A. Hathaway, “Making Human Rights Treaties Work: Global Legal Information and Human Rights in the 21st Century”

James Kurth, “Humanitarian Intervention after Iraq: Legal Ideals vs. Military Realities”

Chapter 7. Economic Globalization: The Consequences of Liberal Commercialism

James Fallows, “How the World Works”

Daniel Drezner, “Trade Talk”

C. Fred Bergsten, “Meeting the China Challenge”

Dani Rodrik, “Trading in Illusions”

Niall Ferguson, “Sinking Globalization”

Chapter 8. Transnational Actors and Issues: The State System Under Stress

Jessica T. Mathews, “Power Shift”

Stephen D. Krasner, “Sovereignty”

David G. Victor, “What Resource Wars?”

James Fallows, “The Connection Has Been Reset”

Chapter 9. Global Futures

Robert Kagan, “History’s Back: Ambitious Autocracies, Hesitant Democracies”

Thomas L. Friedman, “The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention”

Samuel P. Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations”

Kishore Mahbubani, “The Case Against the West: America and Europe in the Asian Century”

Swanee Hunt, “Let Women Rule”

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