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World Politics in a New Era

Sixth edition

Steven L. Spiegel, Elizabeth G. Matthews, Jennifer M. Taw, and Kristen P. Williams

09 January 2014

ISBN: 9780199965625

592 pages

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Price: £132.99

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World Politics in a New Era is a comprehensive and thought-provoking text for introductory courses on world politics. Reflecting the changes that have occurred worldwide - from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to recent upheavals in the global financial sphere - the book integrates coverage of the competing threads of globalization and fragmentation.

  • "At a Glance" text boxes apply the theories and levels of analysis—individual, domestic, and systemic—to each chapter's theme
  • "What Would You Do" boxes profile real-life events, asking students to play the role of a world leader/decision maker and propose a solution that takes into account the many complexities of world politics
  • "Spotlight" features in every chapter highlight interesting people, places, and situations; discuss important international events and colorful personalities in greater depth; or focus on specific facets of complex conflicts or theories

About the Author(s)

Steven L. Spiegel, Elizabeth G. Matthews, Jennifer M. Taw, and Kristen P. Williams

Steven L. Spiegel, Professor of Political Science at UCLA and Director of the Center for Middle East Development there, specializes in the analysis of world politics, American foreign policy, and American foreign policy in the Middle East. In addition to World Politics in a New Era, he is co-author (with Daniel C. Kurtzer, Scott B. Lasensky, William B. Quandt, and Shibley Z. Telhami) of The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace from 1989-2011, published in 2013 by Cornell University Press.

Elizabeth G. Matthews is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University San Marcos. Dr. Matthews lectures and writes on American foreign policy, international negotiations, the Middle East peace process, U.S.-Russian relations, and human rights including genocide and crimes against humanity.

Jennifer M. Taw is Associate Professor of Government in the International Relations Program at Claremont McKenna College. She teaches courses on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and security. She spent ten years as a RAND policy analyst and has also served as assistant editor and contributing editor for Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and on the editorial board of Small Wars and Insurgencies.

Kristen P. Williams is Professor of Political Science at Clark University. She teaches courses on international relations, including women and war, U.S. national security, U.S. foreign policy, religion and IR, and peace and war.

Table of Contents

    Special Features
    CHAPTER 1: Foundations of World Politics
    CHAPTER 2: Theory and World Politics
    CHAPTER 3: World Politics and Economics: 1648-1945
    CHAPTER 4: World Politics and Economics: The Cold War
    CHAPTER 5: Imperialism and Its Survivors
    CHAPTER 6: Globalization and Fragmentation in a New World Order: 1991 to the Present
    CHAPTER 7: Security Theory in Practice
    CHAPTER 8: Contemporary Security Issues
    CHAPTER 9: World Politics: Trade and Investment
    CHAPTER 10: World Politics: Development
    CHAPTER 11: Human Issues: Demographic Trends
    CHAPTER 12: Resource Issues
    CHAPTER 13: Global Governance: International Law and International Organization
    CHAPTER 14: World Politics in Context
    Sources of Illustrations

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