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Global Politics

Myths and Mysteries

Aggie Hirst, Diego de Merich, Joe Hoover, and Roberto Roccu

Publication Date - 12 April 2023

ISBN: 9780198820826

320 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

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- How does politics affect you in everyday life?
- What is power and who has it?
- Has the age of empire come to an end?
- Is capitalism the only viable economic system?

Politics is all around us. Global Politics: Myths and Mysteries teaches students that their understanding of the political world is already theoretical, and equips them with the tools to become critical and independent thinkers. Unlike other textbooks on the market, students are invited to actively engage with the questions that shape international politics, such as 'what power relations are you taking part in?'; 'which actors besides the state are important at the global level?' and 'what power do you have to bring about change in global politics?'.

This innovative pedagogical approach unveils a series of entrenched myths and mysteries in global politics in an accessible and engaging way. The text is structured into eleven chapters that cover key issues or 'myths' relating to global politics; students are invited to think critically and theoretically about each of these, whilst drawing on their existing knowledge of politics.

A range of learning features throughout, such as integrated case studies, and reflective activities, help readers to build a foundational knowledge of key concepts in international relations. In addition, a suite of accompanying online resources - including web links, additional case studies and reading lists - help students to take their learning further.

Digital formats and resources
Global Politics: Myths and Mysteries 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 along with hyperlinks to carefully selected lists of web-links, and an additional reading list, to help you broaden your knowledge and understanding of international relations: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
· Student resources: an library of web links, an annotated reading guide, and additional case studies are available online.
Lecturer resources: seminar questions and activities, essay questions, and PowerPoint slides for each chapter are available online.


  • Takes a critical pedagogical approach to help students to develop theoretical reflexivity and independent critical thinking skills
  • Engages students by encouraging them to explore the key questions which shape international politics
  • Systematically organised into themes around common 'myths' and 'mysteries' that structure international relations
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Aggie Hirst,Diego de Merich,Joe Hoover,Roberto Roccu

Dr Aggie Hirst is Senior Lecturer in International Relations Theory and Methods at King's College London. Situated in international political theory and critical military studies, her research focuses on play, games, and violence.

Dr Diego de Merich is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. His research focuses on care ethics, human affect and empathy, on equalities mainstreaming in public policy, and on the ethics of international development.

Dr Joe Hoover is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary University of London. His work examines questions of global ethics drawing on philosophical pragmatism and agonistic political theory.

Dr Roberto Roccu is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King's College London. His research focuses on different dimensions of the impact of globalization and neoliberal restructuring on the Middle East and North Africa.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Myth Making
    2. Politics
    3. Power
    4. Ethics
    5. Violence
    6. Law
    7. Money
    8. Empire
    9. Capitalism
    10. States
    11. Conclusion: Making Change

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