World Politics in a New Era / Edition 5

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Overview


Thoroughly updated in its fifth edition, World Politics in a New Era is a comprehensive and thought-provoking text for introductory courses on world politics. Reflecting the changes that have occurred worldwide since the collapse of the Berlin Wall--including recent upheavals in the financial sphere--the book integrates coverage of the competing threads of globalization and fragmentation, examining how they tangle and weave through studies of global politics, economics, and culture.

World Politics in a New Era, Fifth Edition, provides a uniquely in-depth treatment of the field by introducing key contemporary issues with theory; supporting these issues with historical context; and giving students the analytical tools to apply the theories to current issues. It introduces the major theories used to explain international relations--realism, liberalism, constructivism, and a few select alternatives--in Chapter 2, providing students with a primer on the topic. Discussions of these theories are then incorporated into the narrative throughout the text, creating a useful framework for analysis. Extensive historical coverage in four chapters (3-6) reviews key events in world politics from the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 to the present, offering students the best context to fully comprehend the modern political stage. Chapters 7-14 cover key topics in contemporary world politics: security, trade and investment, development, human and resource issues, global governance, and ethics.

FEATURES:

* "At a Glance" text boxes apply the theories and levels of analysis--individual, domestic, and systemic--to each chapter's theme
* "What Would You Do" boxes profile real-life events, asking students to play the role of a world leader/decision maker and propose a solution that takes into account the many complexities of world politics
* "Spotlight" features in every chapter highlight interesting people, places, and situations; discuss important international events and colorful personalities in greater depth; or focus on specific facets of complex conflicts or theories

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

* Thoroughly updated to reflect the economic crisis, the changing security environment, data on issues in population, migration, and health, and more
* Refines the discussion of constructivism, emphasizing that its significance equals that of realism and liberalism
* Explains (in the four history chapters) how specific events were chosen for study and why history itself is important

SUPPLEMENTS:

* A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/spiegel offers substantial review materials for students and password-protected resources for instructors
* Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank
* Computerized Test Bank
* PowerPoint-based slides
* Instructor's Resource CD including the Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank, the Computerized Test Bank, the PowerPoint-based slides, and graphics from the text

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199766277
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Steven L. Spiegel is Professor of Political Science at UCLA.

Elizabeth Matthews is Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University, San Marcos.

Jennifer M. Taw is Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College.

Kristen P. Williams is Associate Professor of Government at Clark University.
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Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with Discussion and Review Questions and Key Terms.

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