A contemporary analytical approach to international relations—written at a level that introductory students can grasp.
Why are there wars? Why do countries have a hard time cooperating to prevent genocides or global environmental problems? Why are some countries rich while others are poor? Organized around the puzzles that draw scholars and students alike to the study of world politics, this book gives students the tools they need to think analytically about compelling questions like these.World Politics introduces a contemporary analytical framework based on interests, interactions, and institutions. Drawing extensively on recent research, the authors use this flexible framework throughout the text to get students thinking like political scientists as they explore the major topics in international relations.
“It brings a new and almost intuitive framework to the analysis of issues by focusing on the interests involved. More important, it does not limit itself to one major paradigm, as realists, liberals, radicals, and even constructivists can use the idea of interests/interactions/institutions as a springboard.”
“There is no question that Frieden/Lake/Schultz is one of the best IR textbooks out there.”
“Frieden, Lake, and Schultz provide an introductory textbook that offers an integrated framework for analysis and exposes students to cutting-edge research in international relations, while remaining easily readable and accessible to students. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching with it.”
“I find the interests/interactions/institutions approach to be quite useful and quite clear.”
“This text offers a nice alternative to the ''isms' approach to teaching introductory international relations. It is theoretically rich but takes care to couple abstract concepts with memorable examples that solidify students' understanding.”
“More analytically rigorous than some current texts, but also one that is written at a level that students in an introductory course can follow.”
“The chapter on international financial relations has made a complex topic very accessible.”
“I really like the chapter on domestic politics and war and think it’s very well executed. It provides clear, insightful arguments about the different ways in which domestic politics can lead to war.”
“I love the capstone chapter. How can I sum up a semester? This chapter shows me how. I like the way it weaves theory and history together with policy and normative concerns to address questions about probable futures. It provides an innovative and satisfying conclusion to a very interesting and promising approach.”
“An outstanding text overall. This text is an improvement on other books and will be welcomed by many.”
“The best international relations textbook that I’ve used. A well-organized and rigorous approach to the topic which introduces students to strategic bargaining and game theoretical concepts in a way that is accessible for all.”
“This text reflects the most exciting developments in international relations research over the last 15 years. It is probably the best introductory text on international relations I have ever seen.”
“Well written and thoughtful and gives enough but not too much theory.”
“Head and shoulders above anything else out there.”
“Organized around a series of 'puzzles,' this book perfectly balances the key theoretical notions at the foundation of the strategic approach with a genuine concern for real-world issues.”
“A major contribution to the existing selection of introductory IR textbooks. I liked the analytical structure of the text very much. The consistency in themes and emphasis on a core analytical framework was most helpful.”
“Written in an exceptionally clear and engaging style.”
“This text strikes me as precisely the right way to go. The text is able to address a broad array of issues/topics and to do so in a unified fashion that focuses on scientific inquiry.”
“This book looks much better than any of the others I’ve seen.”
“I think the framework is an excellent one for an introductory text. Indeed, I will certainly use the book in my course for this reason.”
“Much, much better than the other options I have considered. This book gets away from the stale debate between contending 'Isms' and makes it much easier to tell students about current research.”
Jeffry A. Frieden is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. Frieden is the author (with Menzie Chinn) of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery. His previous books include Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century; Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965–1985; and Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance; and he is the co-author or co-editor of many other books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general-interest publications.
David A. Lake is the Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author, most recently, of Hierarchy in International Relations. Other books include Entangling Relations: American Foreign Policy in Its Century and Power, Protection, and Free Trade: International Sources of U.S. Commercial Strategy, 1887–1939. In addition, he is co-editor of ten volumes and author of over 80 articles and book chapters on international relations, international political economy, and American foreign policy.
Kenneth A. Schultz is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His research examines international conflict and conflict resolution, with a particular focus on the domestic political influences on foreign policy choices. He is the author of Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He received the 2003 Karl Deutsch Award, given by the International Studies Association, and a 2011 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, awarded by Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences.