World Politics: Trends and Transformations, 2011-2012 / Edition 13

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The leading text in international relations is getting even better. Thoroughly revised for 2011-2012, WORLD POLITICS: TREND AND TRANSFORMATION presents the most comprehensive coverage of any text. This annual update provides the most recent demographic and statistical information available for the course. Using key concepts from major theoretical traditions to analyze both historical and contemporary developments in international relations, WORLD POLITICS addresses topics such as war, terrorism, human rights, the environment, and international development while emphasizing an institutional approach to resolving international conflict. Authors Charles W. Kegley and Shannon L. Blanton present each issue in a thought-provoking yet accessible way that prepares you to critically assess the problems, payoffs, pitfalls, and paradoxes of people's collective choices about the global future and the probable impact those choices will have on your life.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The text is accessible to both teachers and students (including those outside political science, broadly conceived). Students have always told me the book has enhanced their understanding of global issues. The language is clear, it touches on most of the important issues in international relations, and the organization of the text makes teaching fun."— Bossman Asare, Graceland University

"The author does an excellent job of defining concepts and terms that are important to the study of international relations and world politics. The chapters of the textbook are organized in a logical way that is consistent with the conventional structure of IR courses in the U.S."— John Tuman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"...It provides extensive discussion of the main concepts and theories of international relations without being too easy or simplistic. It offers critical analysis of world events and illuminates on pressing new issues in world politics."— Dr. Cristian A. Harris, North Georgia College and State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495906551
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/31/2011
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. Kegley is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. A past President of the International Studies Association, Kegley holds the title of Pearce Distinguished Professor of International Relations Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. A graduate of the American University (B.A.) and Syracuse University (Ph.D.) and a Pew Faculty Fellow at Harvard University, Kegley previously served on the faculty at Georgetown University, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Texas, Rutgers University, the People's University of China, and the Institute Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales Et du Developpement in Geneva Switzerland. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association. A founding partner of Kegley International, Inc. (a publishing, research, and consulting foundation), Kegley has authored more than 50 scholarly books (and over 100 articles in journals), including co-authorship with Gregory A. Raymond for Cengage of five editions of The Global Future, as well as with Eugene R. Wittkopf seven editions of American Foreign Policy: Pattern and Process.

Shannon Lindsey Blanton is Professor of Political Science at The University of Memphis, where she is also the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs. She oversees all undergraduate programs and provides leadership for curriculum development, general education, retention programming, the Center for International Programs and Services, the Honors Program, Learning Communities, and academic advising services. She is a past department chair and undergraduate coordinator, and has served nationally as a facilitator for leadership development in higher education. A graduate of Georgia College (B.A.), the University of Georgia (M.A.), and the University of South Carolina (Ph.D.), she has received numerous research awards and was named in 2007 as the recipient of The University of Memphis' esteemed Alumni Association Distinguished Research in the Social Sciences and Business Award. She has served on a number of editorial boards, including those for four of the discipline's foremost journals, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Interactions, and International Studies Perspectives.

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Table of Contents

PART I: TREND AND TRANSFORMATION IN WORLD POLITICS. 1. Interpreting World Politics. 2. Theories of World Politics. PART II: THE GLOBE'S ACTORS AND THEIR RELATIONS. 3. Great Power Rivalries and Relations. 4. The Global South in a World of Powers. 5. Nonstate Actors and the Quest for Global Community. 6. International Decision Making. PART III: CONFRONTING ARMED AGGRESSION. 7. The Threat of Armed Aggression to the World. 8. The Military Pursuit of Power through Arms and Military Strategy. 9. Alliances and the Balance of Power. 10. Negotiated Conflict Resolution and International Law. 11. Institutional and Normative Approaches to Collective Security. PART IV: HUMAN SECURITY, PROSPERITY, AND RESPONSIBILITY. 12. The Globalization of International Finance. 13. International Trade in the Global Marketplace. 14. The Demographic and Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. 15. The Promotion of Human Development and Human Rights. 16. Global Responsibility for the Preservation of the Environment. PART V: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORLD POLITICS. 17. Looking Ahead at Global Trends and Transformations.

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