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The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (9th edition)
The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (9th edition)

The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (9th edition)

John Baylis, Patricia Owens; Steve Smith Description
  • Unrivalled coverage of history, theory, structures, processes, and international issues by leading international scholars provides the most comprehensive coverage of IR available, giving complete coverage of introductory courses while also being a valuable reference for the remainder of an IR degree.
  • Reflects the latest developments in the field, including Global Health, introducing students to those topics that will define the key issues in IR into the future
  • Uses a wide-range of case studies that span cultures and geographies, including contemporary issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the geopolitics of Artic climate change, and the Russia-Ukraine war, clearly demonstrating to readers the link between theory and practice
  • Integrated learning features, including case studies and questions, an interactive timeline, author tutorial videos, opposing opinions feature, and end of chapter questions, are all carefully developed to help students achieve a firm foundation in the study of international relations
  • Carefully edited by highly respected IR experts John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens to ensure a coherent style throughout the book, making it ideal for students who are new to international relations studies

New to this edition:

  • A brand new chapter 25 on global health, by Professor Sophie Harman, helps students to make sense of global health politics, and explores global health emergencies including COVID-19 and Ebola.
  • A new chapter on realism by Dr Or Rosenboim looks at realism outside the West, exploring arguments and ideas beyond the Anglo-American canon, and demonstrates the relevance of non-western realist thinkers to modern realism.


The Globalization of World Politics is the bestselling introduction to international relations, and offers the most complete coverage of the key theories and global issues in world politics.

The ninth edition has been thoroughly updated to explore the most pressing topics and challenges that dominate international relations today, including a brand-new chapter on global health, which explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tailored pedagogical features help students to consider key international relations arguments and debates, and apply theories and approaches to real world events, bridging the gap between theory and application. Interactive activities, such as multiple-choice questions and the opposing opinions feature, foster active learning, enhancing students' understanding of key concepts and debates.

A diverse range of leading scholars in the field explore the history, theory, structures, and key issues in IR, providing students with an exceptionally comprehensive and clear introduction.


Part One: International Relations in a Global Era
1:Introduction, John Baylis, Patricia Owens and Steve Smith
2:Globalization and global politics, Anthony McGrew
Part Two: The Historical Context
3:The rise of modern international order, George Lawson
4:International history of the twentieth century, Len Scott
5:From the end of the cold war to a new world dis-order?, Michael Cox
6:Rising powers and the emerging global order, Andrew Hurrell
Part Three: Theories of World Politics
7:Liberal Internationalism, Tim Dunne
8:Marxist theories of international relations, Stephen Hobden and Richard Wyn Jones
9:Realism, Or Rosenboim
10:Feminism, Helen Kinsella
11:Postcolonial and decolonial approaches, Meera Sabaratnam
12:Poststructuralism, Lene Hansen
13:Social Constructivism, Michael Barnett
Part Four: Structures and Processes
14:War and world politics, Tarak Barkawi
15:International and global security, John Baylis
16:Global political economy, Nicola Phillips
17:Gender, Paul Kirby
18:Race in world politics, Robbie Shilliam
19:International law, Christian Reus-Smit
20:International organizations in world politics, Susan Park
21:The United Nations, Devon Curtis and Paul Taylor
22:NGOs in world politics, Jutta Joachim
23:Regionalism in international affairs, Edward Best and Thomas Christiansen
Part Five: Contemporary International Issues
24:Environmental issues, John Vogler
25:Global health, Sophie Harman
26:Refugees and forced migration, Ariadna Estévez López
27:Poverty, hunger, and development, Tony Evans
28:Global trade and global finance, Matthew Watson
29:Terrorism and globalization, James Kiras
30:Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Sheena Chestnut Greitens
31:Nationalism, national self-determination and international relations, John Breuilly
32:Human rights, Ratna Kapur
33:Humanitarian intervention in world politics, Alex Bellamy and Nicholas Wheeler

About the author: 

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and former Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University.
Sir Steve Smith is the UK Government's International Education Champion, and the Prime Minister's Special Representative to Saudi Arabia for Education. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 2002-2020
Patricia Owens is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford
John Baylis, Swansea University
Patricia Owens, University of Oxford
Steve Smith, University of Exeter
Anthony McGrew, La Trobe University
George Lawson, London School of Economics and Political Science
Len Scott, Aberystwyth University
Michael Cox, London School of Economics
Andrew Hurrell, Oxford University
Tim Dunne, University of Queensland
Stephen Hobden, University of East London
Richard Wyn Jones, Cardiff University
Brian Schmidt, Carleton University
Helen Kinsella, University of Minnesota
Meera Sabaratnam, SOAS University of London
Lene Hansen, University of Copenhagen
Michael Barnett, George Washington University
Richard Shapcott, University of Queensland
Tarak Barkawi, London School of Economics and Political Science
Nicola Phillips, University of Melbourne
Paul Kirby, University of Sussex
Robbie Shilliam, Queen Mary University of London
Christian Reus-Smit, University of Queensland
Susan Park, The University of Sydney
Devon Curtis, University of Cambridge
Paul Taylor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Jutta Joachim, Radboud University
Edward Best, European Institute of Public Administration
Thomas Christiansen, University of Maastricht
John Vogler, Keele University
Ariadna Estévez López, University of Mexico
Tony Evans, University of Winchester
Matthew Watson, University of Warwick
James Kiras, Air University
Sheena Chestnut Greitens, University of Missouri
John Breuilly, London School of Economics and Political Science
Ratna Kapur, Queen Mary University of London
Alex Bellamy, University of Queensland
Nicholas Wheeler, University of Birmingham

"The new chapter 25 on Global Health is a timely, comprehensive introduction to a complex issue of highest importance, well-written and with impressive empirical evidence" - Associate Professor Jens Ladefoged Mortenson, University of Copenhagen

"After several decades, this textbook is still the most relevant on the market. I consider it to be an organic and constantly evolving source of knowledge and reflection about and within globalization simultaneously. It is simply the pillar stone of the IR undergraduate classroom globally today" - Erika Svedberg, Senior Lecturer, Malmo University

Product details

ISBN : 9780192898142

John Baylis, Patricia Owens; Steve Smith Description
656 Pages
195 x 265 mm
Pub date
Dec 2022
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The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (9th edition)

The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (9th edition)

The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (9th edition)