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Introduction to International Relations

Eighth Edition

Georg Sørensen, Jørgen Møller, and Robert Jackson

December 2021

ISBN: 9780198862208

464 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

Price: £34.99

Introduction to International Relations provides students with a complete understanding of theory and how it applies to the real world. With comprehensive coverage of all major classical and contemporary theories and approaches, the text focuses on the connections between theory and current issues in international relations.

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Introduction to International Relations provides students with a complete understanding of theory and how it applies to the real world. With comprehensive coverage of all major classical and contemporary theories and approaches, the text focuses on the connections between theory and current issues in international relations.

  • A truly accessible introduction to international relations, which demystifies the key theories, debates, and issues
  • Includes up-to-date examples to help students link theory to real-world developments
  • Encourages students to think critically by presenting the strengths and weaknesses of different theories and highlighting points of contention between them
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • The contents have been reorganised into a three-part structure that brings into clearer focus how theories meet real world developments
  • A new final chapter, 'The Big Question: World Order or World Chaos?', provides a current analysis of international turbulence, encouraging students to connect theory to their own lived experiences
  • Chapter 11 has been thoroughly revised with a detailed discussion of climate change and the challenges faced in seeking international cooperation to mitigate its effects. It also introduces 'Green Theory' approaches
  • Increased coverage of non-Western traditions and Feminist theories throughout the book further broaden students' understanding of these key subjects
  • Expanded discussion of the rise of China and other emerging powers further illuminates how theory applies to the present day
  • Thoroughly refreshed and updated further reading recommendations support students in finding diverse and current scholarship to enhance their learning
  • A large number of new text boxes, tables, and figures further illustrate arguments and compliment the lively, full colour text design

About the Author(s)

Georg Sørensen, University of Aarhus, Jørgen Møller, University of Aarhus, and Robert Jackson, formerly at the University of Boston

Georg Sørensen is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Aarhus

Jørgen Møller is Professor of Political Science at the University of Aarhus

Robert Jackson was formerly Professor of Political Science at the University of Boston

Table of Contents

    Part 1 Studying IR
    1:Why Study IR?
    2:IR as an Academic Subject
    Part 2 Major IR Theories and Approaches
    3:Realism
    4:Liberalism
    5:International Society
    6:International Political Economy: Marxism, Mercantilism, Liberalism
    7:Social Constructivism
    8:Post-positivist Approaches: Post-Structuralism, Postcolonialism, Feminism
    Part 3 Theory Meets the Real World: Policy and Issues
    9:Foreign Policy
    10:Major Issues in IPE: Economic versus Political Power, Development, Globalisation, How to Study the Real World
    11:Major Issues in IR: Climate Change, Terrorism, Religion, Power and Hegemony
    12:The Big Question: World Order or World Chaos?

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The eighth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access, along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The text is also accompanied by online resources designed to help students to take their learning further. These include:

For students:
- Reinforce your understanding of each chapter's key themes with short case studies
- Test your understanding and revise for exams with review questions
- Explore different theoretical debates through a series of annotated web links to reliable content
- Test your knowledge of key terminology using the flashcard glossary
- Extend your learning with videos exploring key issues in IR

For registered lecturers:
- Encourage debate and critical thinking in class with seminar resources
- Download figures from the text for use in your own teaching materials

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