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Introduction to Global Politics

Sixth Edition

Author Steven L. Lamy, John S. Masker, John Baylis, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens

Publication Date - August 2020

ISBN: 9780197527719

496 pages
7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $104.99

Offers a truly global approach with an emphasis on active learning, empowering students to analyze issues and events using both mainstream and alternative IR theories


Introduction to Global Politics, Sixth Edition, provides a current, engaging, and non-U.S. perspective on global politics. It shows students how to analyze global political events using theoretical approaches--both mainstream and alternative--and emphasizes non-state actors more than any other global politics text. The book offers a robust ancillary resource program, including FREE interactive media activities designed to reinforce key concepts by simulating real-world situations, making Introduction to Global Politics, Sixth Edition, the perfect text to engage your students.

New to this Edition

  • Thoroughly updated throughout in light of recent trends and events that are shaping our world, including the trade war between the US and China and the rise of populism and nationalism around the world
  • An updated chapter on Security
  • A new feature "What is Trending?" introduces students to interesting arguments in global politics presented by well-known authors in the field
  • New Case Studies and Theory into Practice features
  • A reworked discussion of environmental concerns
  • More coverage of cybersecurity and the impacts that emerging technology has on the field of international relations

About the Author(s)

Steven L. Lamy is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California.

John S. Masker is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University.

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor at Swansea University.

Steve Smith is Vice Chancellor and Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter.

Patricia Owens is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford.


"Introduction to Global Politics is accessible for all students. The pace is active, but not overwhelming, so it keeps the interest of more advanced learners without losing those who are just being introduced to the topics. I will definitely continue to use it for my courses, and I recommend it to colleagues as an excellent framework for discussing global politics."--Bill Bannister, University of Colorado

"The key advantage of this book is its global approach. It really does capture a non-US perspective, which is rare among major textbooks in international relations."--Jeffrey Kaplow, College of William and Mary

"The authors include a variety of useful tables and graphics, as well as case studies and prompts, to think through global issues through various theoretical perspectives."--Stacey Taninchev, Gonzaga University

"I appreciate the book's attempt to set a global and historical context for most of the concepts. Introduction to Global Politics uses plain, accessible language and keeps chapters focused while still canvassing the topics."--Jacob Shively, University of West Florida

Table of Contents

    About the Authors
    Maps of the World


    Chapter 1. Introduction to Global Politics

    John Baylis, Anthony McGrew, Steve Smith, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    International Relations and Global Politics
    Global Actors
    Global Issues
    Theories of Global Politics
    What Are Theories?
    Theoretical Traditions in International Relations
    The Rise of Realism
    Rival Theories
    Research Approaches and Levels of Analysis
    The Historical Approach
    The Social Scientific Approach: Levels of Analysis
    The Constructivist Approach
    Dimensions of Globalization
    CASE STUDY Global Production and the iPhone

    Chapter 2. The Evolution of Global Politics
    David Armstrong, Michael Cox, Len Scott, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    The Significance of the Peace of Westphalia
    Revolutionary Wars
    World Wars: Modern and Total
    Legacies and Consequences of European Colonialism
    Cold War
    Onset of the Cold War
    Conflict, Confrontation, and Compromise
    The Rise and Fall of Détente
    From Détente to a Second Cold War
    From the End of the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
    Globalization: Challenging the International Order?
    From Superpower to Hyperpower: US Primacy
    Europe in the New World System
    Russia: From Yeltsin to Putin
    East Asia: Primed for Rivalry?
    Latin America: Becoming Global Players
    The War on Terrorism: From 9/11 to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria
    Theory in Practice Perception, Continuity, and Change After January 20, 2009
    CASE STUDY The War That Never Ends
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS Understanding and Resolving International Conflicts

    Chapter 3. Realism, Liberalism, and Critical Theories
    Tim Dunne, Brian C. Schmidt, Stephen Hobden, Richard Wyn Jones, Steve Smith, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    What Is Realism?
    The Essential Realism
    One Realism or Many?
    Classical Realism
    Structural Realism, or Neorealism
    Contemporary Realist Challenges to Structural Realism
    What Is Liberalism?
    Defining Liberalism
    The Essential Liberalism
    Liberalism in Practice
    Critical Theories
    The Essential Marxism
    Third World Socialists
    Feminist Theory
    CASE STUDY The Power of Ideas: Politics and Neoliberalism
    THEORY IN PRACTICE What Makes a Theory "Alternative" or Critical?
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Jane Addams and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS The Melian Dialogue: Realism and the Preparation for War


    Chapter 4 .Making Foreign Policy
    Steven L. Lamy and John Masker
    What Is Foreign Policy?
    States, Nationalism, and National Interests
    Foreign Policy From Different Perspectives
    Who Makes Foreign Policy?
    What Do We Expect From Foreign Policy?
    Levels of Analysis in Foreign Policy
    Individual Factors, or the Human Dimension
    National Factors, or Domestic Attributes
    Systemic Factors, or the Nature of the International System
    Global Factors
    The Foreign Policy Process
    Four Phases of Foreign Policy Making
    Phase One: Initiation or Articulation
    Phase Two: The Formulation of Foreign Policy
    Phase Three: Foreign Policy Implementation
    Phase Four: Foreign Policy Evaluation
    Foreign Policy Strategies and Tools
    Sticks: Military and Economic Tools
    Carrots: Foreign Assistance
    Sermons: Diplomatic Messaging and the Use of the Media
    Soft and Hard Power in Foreign Policy
    Foreign Policy Styles and Traditions
    Great Powers, Middle Powers, and Small States
    Great-Power Foreign Policy
    Middle-Power Foreign Policy
    Small-State Foreign Policy
    CASE STUDY Refugees
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Central America: A Perpetual Pursuit of Union?
    THEORY IN PRACTICE The Impact of Globalization on Different Kinds of States
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS Designing a New World Order

    Chapter 5. Global and Regional Governance
    Devon Curtis, Christian Reus-Smit, Paul Taylor, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    International Law
    International Order and Institutions
    Criticisms of International Law
    From International to Supranational Law?
    The United Nations
    A Brief History of the United Nations and Its Principal Organs
    The Security Council
    The General Assembly
    The Secretariat
    The Economic and Social Council
    The Trusteeship Council
    The International Court of Justice
    Maintenance of International Peace and Security
    Increased Attention to Conditions Within States
    Intervention Within States
    Economic and Social Questions
    The Reform Process of the United Nations
    Country Level
    Headquarters Level
    The European Union and Other Regional Organizations
    The Process of European Integration
    Other Regional Actors: The African Union and the Organization of American States
    The Growth of Global Civil Society
    Multinational Corporations
    INGOs as Global Political Actors
    Sources of INGO Power
    Forms of INGO Power
    Information Politics
    Symbolic Politics
    Leverage Politics
    Accountability Politics
    Global Campaign Politics
    Celebrity Diplomacy
    Foundations and Think Tanks
    Criminal and Terrorist Networks as Global Actors
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Neoconservatives and the United Nations
    CASE STUDY A Global Campaign: The Baby Milk Advocacy Network
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Nongovernmental Organizations and Protecting the Rights of Children
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS Who Could Help Tomorrow? Twenty Global Problems and Global Issues Networks


    Chapter 6. Global Security, Military Power, and Terrorism

    John Baylis, Darryl Howlett, James D. Kiras, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    What Is "Security"?
    Mainstream and Critical Approaches to Security
    Realist and Neorealist Views on Global Security
    Liberal Institutionalist Views on Global Security
    The Constructivist Approach to Global Security
    The Feminist Approach to Global Security
    Marxist and Radical Liberal or Utopian Approaches to Security
    The Changing Character of War
    The Nature of War
    The Revolution in Military Affairs
    Postmodern War
    Globalization and New Wars
    New Roles for NATO?
    Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation
    Proliferation Optimism and Pessimism
    Nuclear Weapons Effects
    The Current Nuclear Age
    Nuclear Motivations
    Nuclear Capabilities and Intentions
    Terrorism and Extremism
    Terrorism: From Domestic to Global Phenomenon
    The Impact of Globalization on Terrorism
    Cultural Explanations
    Economic Explanations
    Religion and "New" Terrorism
    The Current Challenge: The Islamic State
    Globalization, Technology, and Terrorism
    Security of Terrorist Organizations
    Combating Terrorism
    Counterterrorism Activities
    CASE STUDY US Drone Warfare: A Robotic Revolution in Modern Combat
    THEORY IN PRACTICE The Realist-Theory Perspective and the War on Terrorism
    THEORY IN PRACTICE The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Fighting Terrorism in the Former Communist Bloc
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS Perspectives on the Arms Race

    Chapter 7. Human Rights and Human Security
    Amitav Acharya, Alex J. Bellamy, Chris Brown, Nicholas J. Wheeler, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    What Are Human Rights?
    The Liberal Account of Rights
    Human Rights and State Sovereignty
    International Human Rights Legislation
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Subsequent UN Legislation
    Enforcement of Human Rights Legislation
    What Is Human Security?
    Origin of the Concept
    Human Security and Development
    Human Security and Refugees
    Common Security
    History of Humanitarian Activism and Intervention
    Intervention and Nonintervention in the 1990s
    Universalism Challenged
    Humanitarian Dimensions
    Political and Economic Rights and Security
    Human Rights and Human Security During Conflict
    Women, Conflict, and Human Security
    The Role of the International Community
    Basic Principles
    CASE STUDY: A Failed Intervention
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Gendered Perspective on Human Rights
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS What Should Be Done? National Interests Versus Human Interests

    Chapter 8. Global Trade and Finance
    Steven L. Lamy and John Masker
    The Emergence of a Global Trade and Monetary System
    Global Trade and Finance Actors in a Globalizing Economy
    Cross-Border Transactions
    Open-Border Transactions
    Transborder Transactions
    Global Trade
    Transborder Production
    Transborder Products
    Global Finance
    Global Money
    Global Banking
    Global Securities
    Global Derivatives
    Continuity and Change in Economic Globalization
    Irregular Incidence
    The Persistence of Territory
    The Survival of the State
    The Continuance of Nationalism and Cultural Diversity
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Contending Views of Capitalism
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Globalization and "America First"
    CASE STUDY Southern Debt in Global Finance
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS Globalization: Productive, Predatory, or Inconsequential?

    Chapter 9. Poverty, Development, and Hunger
    Caroline Thomas, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    Post-1945 International Economic Liberalism and the Orthodox Development Model
    The Post-1945 International Economic Order: Results
    Economic Development: Orthodox and Alternative Evaluations
    A Critical Alternative View of Development
    Democracy, Empowerment, and Development
    The Orthodoxy Incorporates Criticisms
    An Appraisal of the Responses of the Orthodox Approach to Its Critics
    The Orthodox, Nature-Focused Explanation of Hunger
    The Entitlement, Society-Focused Explanation of Hunger
    Globalization and Hunger
    CASE STUDY Ideas and Development in the Contemporary Coffee-Producing Sector
    THEORY IN PRACTICE The Terms of Development
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Life in Zimbabwe: Poverty, Hunger, Development, and Politics
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS Development Assistance as Foreign Policy Statecraft

    Chapter 10. Environmental Issues
    John Vogler, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    Environmental Issues on the International Agenda: A Brief History
    The Paris Climate Summit 2015 and 2016
    Bonn 2017
    The Environment and International Relations Theory
    The Functions of International Environmental Cooperation
    Transboundary Trade and Pollution Control
    Norm Creation
    Aid and Capacity Building
    Scientific Understanding
    Governing the Commons
    Environmental Regimes
    Climate Change
    THEORY IN PRACTICE The "Doomsday" Seed Vault
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Regime Theory and the Montreal Protocol
    CASE STUDY Common but Differentiated Responsibilities?
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS The Environment: Images and Options


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