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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

December 2019

ISBN: 9780198825548

648 pages

In Stock

Price: £42.99

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



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

  • 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
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

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

About the Author(s)

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

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 International Studies, University of Exeter.

Patricia Owens is Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

    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


"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

Additional Resources

This text is supported by a range of online resources, to encourage deeper engagement with the subject matter.

Student resources:

International relations 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
Flashcard 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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