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Introduction to Global Politics

Seventh Edition

Steven Lamy and John Masker

Publication Date - August 2022

ISBN: 9780197644546

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

In Stock

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, Seventh 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 interactive media activities designed to reinforce key concepts by simulating real-world situations, making Introduction to Global Politics, Seventh Edition, the perfect text to engage your students.

New to this Edition

  • The economic and political impact of the global pandemic
  • Revised case studies offer updated and further analysis on topics such as global production and the failed intervention to stop genocide in Darfur.
  • The latest crisis in Afghanistan and the problems associated with failed and fragile states throughout the world.
  • The new feature “What's Trending?” in each chapter presents an influential book on that chapter's subject


  • Section Quizzes
  • Videos and Video Quizzes
  • Flashcards
  • Web Activities

About the Author(s)

Steven L. Lamy is Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Environmental Studies, and Spatial Sciences in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.

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

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor at Swansea University.

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

Patricia Owens is Professor of International Relations and Fellow of Somerville College at the University of Oxford.

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: Historical, Social Scientific, and Constructivist
    The Historical Approach
    The Social Scientific Approach: Levels of Analysis
    The Constructivist Approach
    Dimensions of Globalization
    WHAT'S TRENDING? The End of Peace?
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS Understanding and Resolving International Conflicts

    CHAPTER 2 THE EVOLUTION OF GLOBAL POLITICS: David Armstrong, Michael Cox, Len Schoot, 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
    Col War
    Onset of the Cold War
    Conflict, Confrontration, and Compromise
    The Rise and Fall of Detente
    From Detente 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 from Rivalry?
    Latin America: Becoming Global Players
    The War on Terrorism: From 9/11 to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Percenption, Continuity, and Change After January 20, 2009
    CASE STUDY The Forgotten Genocides: German Colonialism After the Berlin Conference
    WHAT'S TRENDING? The End of Peace?
    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 Theory Tells Us About Policy
    What Is Liberalism?
    Defining Liberalism
    The Essential Liberalism
    Liberalism in Practice
    What Theory Tells Us About Policy
    Critical Theories
    The Essential Marxism
    Third World Socialists
    Feminist Theory
    What Theory Tells Us About Policy
    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
    WHAT'S TRENDING? Will Capitalism Survive?
    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
    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 All Forms of Media
    Soft, Smart, and Hard Power in Foreign Policy
    Foreign Policy Styles and Traditions
    Great-Power Foreign Policy
    Middle-Power Foreign Policy
    Small-State Foreign Policy
    CASE STUDY Refugees
    CASE STUDY Geopolitics in the COVID-19 Era: Vaccine Diplomacy and Competition for Global Influence
    THEORY IN PRACTICE The Impact of Globalization on Different Kinds of States
    WHAT'S TRENDING? Women Do Matter
    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
    The UN's Principal Organs
    The Security Council
    Growth in UN Membership
    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, the Organization of American States, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Arab League
    The African Union
    Organization of American States
    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
    Arab League
    China as a Leader of Global Institutions
    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 Democratic Diplomacy: The Ottawa Process and Treaty to Ban Landmines
    THEORY IN PRACTICE NGOs and Protecting the Rights of Children
    WHAT'S TRENDING? A World Order Without Arms?
    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
    Hybrid Warfare
    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
    Great Power Security and Strategy
    United States
    The European Union
    Terrorism and Extremism
    Terrorism: From Domestic to Global Phenomenon
    The Impact of Globalization on Terrorism
    Cultural Explanations
    Economic Explanations
    Religion and “New” Terrorism
    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
    WHAT'S TRENDING? New Strategies and Tools of War
    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
    Contemporary Cases of Intervention and Nonintervention
    Universalism Challenged
    Humanitarian Dimensions
    Political and Economic Rights and Security
    Human Rights and Human Security During Conflict
    Gender, Identity, and Human Security
    The Role of the International Community
    Responsibility to Protect, Prevent, and Rebuild
    Basic Principles
    CASE STUDY A Failed Intervention
    CASE STUDY Afghanistan: Sleepwalking into a Great Humanitarian Crisis
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Gendered Perspective on Human Rights
    WHAT'S TRENDING? The Human Rights Network
    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 350 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” Nationalism
    CASE STUDY Southern Debt in Global Finance
    WHAT'S TRENDING? Managing Global Political Risks
    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
    THEORY IN PRACTICE The Terms of Development
    CASE STUDY Life in Zimbabwe: Poverty, Hunger, Development, and Politics
    WHAT'S TRENDING? Saving a Life
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS Development Assistance as Foreign Policy Statecraft

    CHAPTER 10 ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: John Vogler, Steven L. Lamy, and John Masker
    Global Environmental Governance
    Environmental Issues on the International Agenda: A Brief History
    The Paris Climate Summit 2015 and 2016
    From Bonn 2017 to Madrid 2019
    COP 26 The Glasgow Conference
    The Environment and International Relations Theory
    The Functions of International Environmental Cooperation
    Transboundary Trade and Pollution Control
    Market Strategies to Address Environmental Challenges
    Norm Creation
    Aid and Capacity Building
    Scientific Understanding
    Governing the Commons
    Environmental Regimes
    Climate Change
    CASE STUDY The “Doomsday” Seed Vault
    THEORY IN PRACTICE Regime Theory and the Montreal Protocol
    CASE STUDY Common But Differentiated Responsibilities?
    WHAT'S TRENDING? Is the Human Game Coming to an End?
    THINKING ABOUT GLOBAL POLITICS The Environment: Images and Options

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