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Global Politics

Stephanie Lawson

19 February 2021

ISBN: 9780198844327

368 pages

In Stock

Price: £32.99

The most concise introduction to international relations: covers all the essentials, with learning features that link theories to the real world.



Global Politics is a concise and engaging introduction to international relations. Lawson presents key theories and concepts, demonstrating how they apply to everyday life. Using examples from around the world, both historical and contemporary, the textbook presents a truly global picture of politics.

  • Introduces the subject of international relations in 12 engaging chapters.
  • Uses case studies from around the world to demonstrate how theory connects with real world politics in practice.
  • The Key Debates feature gives students opportunities to identify and critique different arguments and perspectives.
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality and navigation features that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Stephanie Lawson, Honorary Professor of Politics and International Studies at Macquarie University, Australia

Stephanie Lawson (PhD, FASSA) has held chairs of Politics and International Relations at the Universities of East Anglia and Birmingham in the UK and at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is also Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg and Honorary Professor with the Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a past president of the Australian Political Studies Association, and a former editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Table of Contents

    1:Introducing Global Politics
    2:States, Nations and Empires
    3:Traditional Theories in Global Politics
    4:Critical Approaches to Global Politics
    5:New Waves of Theorizing in Global Politics
    6:Security and Insecurity
    7:International Organizations in Global Politics
    8:International Law
    9:Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
    10:Global Political Economy
    11:Global Politics in the Anthropocene
    12:Conclusion: Justice and the Future of Global Politics


A lively, well-written introductory text, with good supporting materials, that our students will find engaging. - Alan Apperley, Senior Lecturer in Politics at University of Wolverhampton

This book enables students to cover traditional thinking on IR while challenging them to critically re-evaluate mainstream ways of thinking in one go. Contemporary topics are covered which also makes the textbook relevant to todays undergraduate students. - Taku Tamaki, Lecturer in International Relations at Loughborough University

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
Global Politics is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
The online resources include:

For Students:
- Multiple choice questions test your knowledge of the chapters and provide instant feedback
- Extended case studies demonstrate theory in practice
- Videos illustrate contemporary issues in International Relations

For Lecturers:
- Customisable PowerPoint slides support effective teaching preparation

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