The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (8th edition)

ISBN : 9780198825548

John Baylis; Patricia Owens; Steve Smith
640 ページ
195 x 195 mm



  • 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
  • Carefully edited by respected IR experts John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens to ensure an integrated and coherent style throughout the book
  • Integrated learning features, including case studies and questions, fully updated debating feature and end of chapter questions, are all carefully written to help students to develop a critical, nuanced understanding of key issues and theories
  • Accompanied by fully updated online resources to support both IR lecturers and their students

New to this Edition:

  • New chapter 25 on Refugees and Forced Migration by Professor Ariadna Estévez López, University of Mexico encourages students to critically engage with cutting-edge research on this vital topic
  • Incorporation of postcolonial and decolonial approaches in Chapter 10 by Dr Meera Sabaratnam, SOAS University of London, critically explores the limitations inherent within existing theoretical approaches to IR
  • Newly authored Chapter 31 on Human Rights encourages students to think critically about key issues within the field and consider whether human rights are universal
  • Expanded coverage of non-Western approaches, particularly perspectives from the global South, are woven throughout chapters to ensure students appreciate the importance of viewing international relations from representative and varied perspectives
  • Updated IR theory chapters reflect a more contextualised and historical perspective, allowing students to gain a thorough, nuanced understanding of the historical and political context in which these approaches emerged
  • Updated Opposing Opinions features facilitate critical and reflective debate on contemporary policy challenges, from campaigns to decolonise the curriculum to debates over open borders and migration

The Globalization of World Politics, the bestselling introduction to international relations, offers the most comprehensive coverage of the key theories and global issues in world politics. The eighth edition engages with contemporary global challenges, featuring a brand new chapter on Refugees and Forced Migration and updated coverage of decolonization to ensure the book continues to cover those topics that will define the key issues in IR into the future. Tailored pedagogical features help readers to evaluate key IR debates and apply theory and concepts to real world events. A fully updated Opposing Opinions feature facilitates critical and reflective debate on contemporary policy challenges, from decolonising universities to debates over migration and the state. Leading scholars in the field introduce readers to the history, theory, structures and key issues in IR, providing students with an ideal introduction and a constant guide throughout their studies.

Students and lecturers are further supported by extensive online resources to encourage deeper engagement with content:
Student resources:

  • International relations simulations encourage students to develop negotiation and problem solving skills by engaging with topical events and processes
  • IR theory in practice case studies encourage students to apply theories to current and evolving global events
  • Video podcasts from contributors help students to engage with key issues and cases in IR
  • Guidance on how to evaluate the Opposing Opinions feature, supporting students to engage in nuanced debate over key policy challenges
  • Interactive library of links to journal articles, blogs and video content to deepen students' understanding of key topics and explore their research interests
  • Flashcard glossary to reinforce understanding of key terms
  • Multiple choice questions for self-study help students to reinforce their understanding of the key points of each chapter
  • Revision guide to consolidate understanding and revise key terms and themes

Part One: International Relations in a Global Era
Introduction, John Baylis, Patricia Owens and Steve Smith
1: Globalization and global politics, Anthony McGrew
Part Two: The Historical Context
2: The rise of modern international order, George Lawson
3: International history of the twentieth century, Len Scott
4: From the end of the cold war to a new world dis-order?, Michael Cox
5: Rising powers and the emerging global order, Andrew Hurrell
Part Three: Theories of World Politics
6: Liberal Internationalism, Tim Dunne
7: Marxist theories of international relations, Stephen Hobden and Richard Wyn Jones
8: Realism, Tim Dunne and Brian Schmidt
9: Feminism, Helen Kinsella
10: Postcolonial and decolonial approaches, Meera Sabaratnam
11: Poststructuralism, Lene Hansen
12: Social Constructivism, Michael Barnett
13: International ethics, Richard Shapcott
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 organisations 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: International Issues
24: Environmental issues, John Vogler
25: Refugees and forced migration, Ariadna Estévez López
26: Poverty, hunger, and development, Tony Evans
27: Global trade and global finance, Matthew Watson
28: Terrorism and globalisation, James Kiras
29: Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Sheena Chestnut Greitens
30: Nationalism, national self-determination and international relations, John Breuilly
31: Human rights, Ratna Kapur
32: Humanitarian intervention in world politics, Alex Bellamy and Nicholas Wheeler


Edited by John Baylis, Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and former Pro Vice Chancellor, Swansea University, Patricia Owens, Professor and Head of International Relations, University of Sussex, and Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter
John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and former Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University.
Steve Smith is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of IR, University of Exeter.
Patricia Owens is Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex.
John Baylis, Swansea University
Patricia Owens, University of Sussex
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, King's College London
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

"Chapter 10 brings many new insights, excellent examples and debates on postcolonial and decolonial approaches. The Opposing Opinions feature will ignite heated and reflexive debate amongst students" - Dr Birsen Erdogan, Maastricht University

"Chapter 25 covers a topic of great relevance and interest to students, including good discussion of the theoretical and legal debate of various categories of refugees and effective examples and case studies to illustrate the complexities of this most challenging policy issue" - Professor Craig Mark, Kyoritsu Women's University