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WORLD POLITICS provides students with the tools they need to understand the vast and complex subject of international relations. It incorporates current scholarship and insightful analysis and provides an accessible introduction to game theory as a model for analyzing international relations. The text, tables, and figures have been thoroughly updated and new material has been added which relates conceptual and analytic tools to contemporary developments in world affairs.
PART I: ANALYZING WORLD POLITICS. 1. World Politics: Levels of Analysis, Choice, and Constraint. 2. Thinking about World Politics: Theory and Reality. 3. International Actors: States and Other Players on the World Stage. 4. The World System: International Structure and Polarity. 5. Relations Between States: Power and Influence. 6. Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy: Society and Polity. 7. Individuals and World Politics: Roles, Perceptions, and Decision Making. PART II: INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT AND COOPERATION. 8. Military Conflict: Why States and Other Actors Resort to Force. 9. The Security Dilemma: Armament and Disarmament. 10. International Law and Organization. 11. Causes of Peace and Nonviolent Transformation. PART III: INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY. 12. Political Economy of National Security and Defense. 13. Interdependence and Economic Order. 14. Regional Economic Integration and Globalization. 15. Development and Underdevelopment: the North-South Gap. PART IV: CHALLENGES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM. 16. Limits of Sovereignty: Humanity and the Commons. 17. Which Global Future? Glossary. Appendix A: Chronology of World Events. Appendix B: Characteristics of States in the Contemporary International System. Author Index. Subject Index.