The first edition of this successful text helped to define a new approach to the study of international relations, one suited to the realities of the postcold war world. It broke the confines of the dominant “realist” paradigm to offer an intelligible theoretical discourse on how the world works.In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, Professor Brown again presents a text exemplary both in its intellectual accessibility and its relevance to the real-world concerns of policymakers and the attentive public.This new edition's approach thoroughly vindicated by world events since its original publication, expands and deepens the analysis that made the first edition such a unique text. Readers will especially appreciate the expanded treatment of the issues of ethnic and national self-determination, the controversial role played by the UN in humanitarian and peacekeeping missions, the growing importance of international trade and its impact on sovereignty, and the burgeoning of ethical inquiry in the analysis of international relations.International Relations in a Changing Global System is still the ideal text to present the complexities of real-world analysis in a sophisticated but accessible manner.
About the Author
Seyom Brown is the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation at Brandeis University. He is the author of New Forces, Old Forces and the Future of World Politics; The Causes and Prevention of War; and many other books and articles in international relations and foreign policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction - The need for a new theory of the world polity. Part 1 Analytical framework: the anarchic structure of the nation-state system; the phenomenon of international cooperation; the prominence of war; vast economic disparities among countries; the mismatch between polity and ecology; human rights versus state rights; the incongruity of society and governance in the nation-state system. Part 2 Toward normative theory: the normative framework; implications for public policy and institutional development