Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 February 2020

648 Pages

10.4 x 7.7 inches

ISBN: 9780198825548

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The Globalization of World Politics

An Introduction to International Relations

Eighth Edition

Edited by John Baylis, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens

  • 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 Estevez Lopez, 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

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