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The Globalization of World Politics

An Introduction to International Relations

Seventh Edition

Edited by John Baylis, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens

December 2016

ISBN: 9780198739852

640 pages

In Stock

Price: £35.99

The best-selling introduction to international relations, offering the most comprehensive coverage of the key theories and global issues in world politics, written by the leading experts in the field.



  • The Globalization of World Politics is the market leading introduction to International Relations, written by an unrivalled line-up of experts in their fields.
  • Spanning history, theory, structures and processes, and international issues, it offers the most comprehensive coverage of IR available and maps closely onto introductory courses, as well as being suitable as a valuable reference for the duration 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, a brand new debating feature and end of chapter questions, are all carefully tailored to the needs of students approaching IR for the first time.
  • Accompanied by a wealth of online resources to support IR lecturers and their students.

New to this edition

  • Four brand new chapters including: Feminism, Race, International Organizations, and NGOs.
  • Questions accompanying every case study to encourage students apply theory to real world events.
  • An opposing opinions feature which helps students to critically evaluate an argument.

About the Author(s)

Edited by John Baylis, Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations and a former Pro Vice Chancellor, Swansea University, Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Relations, University of Exeter, and Patricia Owens, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex

Table of Contents

    Introduction, John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens
    1: Globalization and global politics, Anthony McGrew
    Part One: The historical context
    2: The rise of modern international order, George Lawson
    3: International history, 1900-99, Len Scott
    4: From the end of the cold war to a new global era?, Michael Cox
    5: Rising powers and the emerging global order, Andrew Hurrell
    Part Two: Theories of world politics
    6: Realism, Tim Dunne and Brian C. Schmidt
    7: Liberalism, Tim Dunne
    8: Marxist theories, Stephen Hobden and Richard Wyn Jones
    9: Social constructivism, Michael Barnett
    10: Post structuralism, Lene Hansen
    11: Post-colonialism, Christine Sylvester
    12: Feminism, Helen Kinsella
    13: International ethics, Richard Shapcott
    Part Three: 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 Four: International Issues
    24: Environmental issues, John Vogler
    25: Terrorism and globalization, James D. Kiras
    26: Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Sheena Chestnut Greitens
    27: Nationalism, national self-determination and International Relations, John Breuilly
    28: Global trade and global finance, Matthew Watson
    29: Poverty, hunger and development, Caroline Thomas and Tony Evans
    30: Human security, Amitav Acharya
    31: Human rights, Jack Donnelly
    32: Humanitarian intervention in world politics, Alex J. Bellamy and Nicholas J. Wheeler


"It is distinct from other textbooks in its breadth of coverage... it is challenging and engaging, without being either overly simplistic or too in depth and specialized for a first year course."

Additional Resources

Students and lecturers are further supported by online resources which include:

Student resources:
IR simulations
IR theory in practice case studies
Video podcasts from the contributors
Guidance on how to evaluate the opposing opinions feature
Interactive library of links to journal articles, blogs and video content
Flash card glossary
Multiple choice questions
Revision guide

Instructor Resources:
Case studies
Test bank - a fully customisable resource containing ready-made assessments with which to test your students
Question bank - a bank of short answer and essay questions for testing your students
PowerPoint slides
Figures and tables from the book

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