World Politics in a New Era (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780199965625

Steven L. Spiegel; Elizabeth G. Matthews; Jennifer Morrison Taw; Kristen P. Williams
592 Pages
189 x 236 mm
Pub date
Jan 2014
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  • "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

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 - from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to recent upheavals in the global 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, 6e, provides an in-depth treatment of the field by introducing key contemporary issues along 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. 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.


Special Features

CHAPTER 1: Foundations of World Politics
CHAPTER 2: Theory and World Politics
CHAPTER 3: World Politics and Economics: 1648-1945
CHAPTER 4: World Politics and Economics: The Cold War
CHAPTER 5: Imperialism and Its Survivors
CHAPTER 6: Globalization and Fragmentation in a New World Order: 1991 to the Present

CHAPTER 7: Security Theory in Practice
CHAPTER 8: Contemporary Security Issues
CHAPTER 9: World Politics: Trade and Investment
CHAPTER 10: World Politics: Development
CHAPTER 11: Human Issues: Demographic Trends
CHAPTER 12: Resource Issues
CHAPTER 13: Global Governance: International Law and International Organization
CHAPTER 14: World Politics in Context

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About the author: 

Steven L. Spiegel is Professor of Political Science at UCLA and Director of the Center for Middle East Development there, specializes in the analysis of world politics, American foreign policy, and American foreign policy in the Middle East. In addition to World Politics in a New Era, he is co-author (with Daniel C. Kurtzer, Scott B. Lasensky, William B. Quandt, and Shibley Z. Telhami) of The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace from 1989-2011, published in 2013 by Cornell University Press.
Elizabeth G. Matthews is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University San Marcos. Dr. Matthews lectures and writes on American foreign policy, international negotiations, the Middle East peace process, U.S.-Russian relations, and human rights including genocide and crimes against humanity.
Jennifer M. Taw is Associate Professor of Government in the International Relations Program at Claremont McKenna College. She teaches courses on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and security. She spent ten years as a RAND policy analyst and has also served as assistant editor and contributing editor for Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and on the editorial board of Small Wars and Insurgencies.
Kristen P. Williams is Professor of Political Science at Clark University. She teaches courses on international relations, including women and war, U.S. national security, U.S. foreign policy, religion and IR, and peace and war.

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