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Introduction to Global Politics

Third Edition

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

Publication Date - July 2014

ISBN: 9780199393886

528 pages
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $105.95

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, Third Edition, brings together an expert team of international scholars to provide students with 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 other textbooks.


* "Thinking about Global Politics" boxes at the end of each chapter give students the opportunity to develop their critical-thinking skills and apply their knowledge to in-depth activities dealing with real-world issues

* "Theory in Practice" essays with discussion questions examine real-world scenarios using a variety of theoretical lenses

* "Engaging with the World" boxes suggest ways that students can get involved with activist organizations

* "Case Study" essays with discussion questions delve into timely moments from world events, providing students with more in-depth analyses of specific topics

* "What's Your Worldview?" critical-thinking questions challenge students to develop their own, more well-informed ideas about global actors and issues

* Additional study aids--including a running glossary, a comprehensive glossary, review questions at the end of each chapter, and margin charts--help students better comprehend the material and prepare for tests

New to this Edition

  • Updates throughout examine recent events and trends including the Egyptian Revolution, the Syrian conflict, the Boston Marathon bombing, Iranian nuclear weapons negotiations, conflicts in Africa, government surveillance, the results of the 2012 NATO Summit, the legacy of the Occupy Movement, the continuing effects of the global economic crisis, and much more
  • Additional non-Western examples and a more even integration of critical approaches throughout provide more balanced coverage
  • An expanded treatment of globalization includes more in-depth looks at global economic interdependency, global social activism and action, climate politics, nuclear weapons implications, and more
  • Updated, revised, or new figures, tables, and maps reflect the most recent data
  • An updated Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/lamy provides resources for students and instructors

About the Author(s)

Steven L. Lamy is Professor of International Relations and Vice Dean for Academic Programs for Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California.

John Baylis is Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations at Swansea University.

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

Patricia Owens is Reader in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex.


"I would absolutely adopt the new edition of Introduction to Global Politics for my course. It is a strong and comprehensive text that covers the major features of IR/global politics while also bringing in the more specific nuances that keep politics interesting."--Jennifer Bloxom, Colorado State University

"This is one of the most understandable and accessible political science texts that I have read."--Winn W. Wasson, University of Wisconsin

"What I like, besides the helpful online resources and the CNN videos, is the tone of the writing. It is quite close to conversational, which I think is a great help for students."--Veronica Ward, Utah State University

"The writing is accessible and understandable to contemporary IR students, whether majors or not. This is especially important for the large number of online courses that are offered currently."--Paul A. Mego, University of Memphis

Table of Contents

    About the Authors
    Maps of the World
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Global Politics
    International Relations and Global Politics
    Global Actors
    Global Issues
    Theories of Global Politics
    What Are Theories?
    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 1.1: Global Production and the iPod
    Case Study 1.2: Cell Phones, Poverty, Civil War, Okapi, and Prostitution
    Thinking About Global Politics: Why Should I Care?
    Chapter 2. The Evolution of Global Politics
    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 and Afghanistan
    Global Perspective: Perception, Continuity, and Change after January 20, 2009
    Case Study: The Iraq War and Its Origins
    Thinking About Global Politics: Understanding and Resolving International Conflicts
    Chapter 3. Realism and Liberalism
    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 Liberaliscm
    The Essential Liberalism
    Liberalism in Practice: Globalization
    Global Perspective: Russia and Realism
    Case Study 3.1: The Melian Dialogue: Realism and the Preparation for War
    Theory in Practice: The Prisoner's Dilemma
    Case Study 3.2: The Power of Ideas: Politics and Neoliberalism
    Thinking About Global Politics: A Summit on Global Problems
    Chapter 4. Critical Approaches
    The Essential Marxism
    The Origins of World-System Theory
    The Key Features of Wallerstein's World-System Theory
    Third-World Socialists
    Feminist Theory
    Global Perspective: What Makes a Theory "Alternative" or Critical?
    Theory in Practice 4.1: Gendered Perspective on Human Rights: The Worst Places in the World to Be Born a Woman
    Case Study: Sexual Violence
    Theory in Practice 4.2: Jane Addams and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
    Thinking About Global Politics: Meeting of the Minds
    Chapter 5. Making Foreign Policy
    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, or the Human Dimension
    National Attributes, or the Domestic Factors
    Systemic Conditions, 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
    --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
    Global Perspective: 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 6. Global and Regional Governance
    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
    Theory in Practice: Neoconservatives and the United Nations
    Case Study: The 2003 Intervention in Iraq
    Global Perspective: The United Nations and Environmental Protection
    Thinking About Global Politics: Theory Pursuit: A Structured Review of Realism, Liberalism, and Critical Approaches
    Chapter 7. Nongovernmental Actors
    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
    Global Foundations and Think Tanks
    Criminal and Terrorist Networks as Global Actors
    Terrorists, Guerrillas, and National Liberation
    The Significance of Criminals, Terrorists, and Guerrillas
    Case Study: A Global Campaign: The Baby Milk Advocacy Network
    Theory in Practice: A Transnational Challenge: The War on Drugs
    Global Perspective: Nongovernmental Organizations and Protecting the Rights of Children
    Thinking About Global Politics: Who Could Help Tomorrow? Twenty Global Problems and Global Issues Networks
    Chapter 8. Security and Military Power
    What Is Security?
    Mainstream Approaches to Security
    Realist Views on Security
    Key Structural-Realist Assumptions
    --The Problem of Cheating
    --The Problem of Relative Gains
    Liberal Institutionalists on Global Security
    Critical Approaches to Security
    The Constructivist Approach and War
    Critical Security Studies: Feminism
    Marxist and Radical Liberal or Utopian Views on 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
    The Global Zero Movement
    Proliferation Optimism and Pessimism
    Nuclear Weapons Effects
    Nuclear Defense
    Theorizing Nuclear Proliferation
    Nuclear Motivations
    Nuclear Capabilities and Intentions
    Post-Cold War Antiproliferation Efforts
    Global Perspective: The Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Theory in Practice: Reimaging War
    Case Study: Asymmetric Conflict: The United States and Iraq, 2003-2011
    Thinking About Global Politics: Perspectives on the Arms Race
    Chapter 9. Terrorism
    Defining Terrorism
    Terrorism: From Domestic to Global Phenomena
    The Impact of Globalization on Terrorism
    Cultural Explanations
    Economic Explanations
    Religion and New Terrorism
    The Intersection of Globalization, Technology, and Terrorism
    Combating Terrorism
    The Death of Osama bin Laden and the End of the War on Terrorism?
    Global Perspective: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Fighting Terrorism in the Former Communist Bloc
    Theory in Practice: The Realist-Theory Perspective and the War on Terror
    Case Study: Cyberterrorism
    Thinking About Global Politics: Why Terrorism? Developing Testable Hypotheses
    Chapter 10. Human Rights and Human Security
    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
    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
    Access to Resources
    Women, Conflict, and Human Security
    The Role of the International Community
    Case Study: Human Insecurity in Southeast Asia
    Global Perspective: Asian Values
    Theory in Practice: Gendered Perspective on Human Rights
    Thinking About Global Politics: What Should be Done? National Interests Versus Human Interests
    Chapter 11. International Political Economy
    The Postwar World Economy
    Traditional Approaches to IPE: Liberal, Mercantilist, and Marxist
    The Liberal Tradition
    The Mercantilist Tradition
    The Marxist Tradition
    New Approaches to IPE
    Political Economy: The Application of Rational Choice to Groups Within the State
    Institutionalism: The Application of Rational Choice to States
    The Globalization Debate in IPE
    Is Globalization Diminishing the Role of the State in the World Economy?
    --The Global Skeptics
    --New Constraints on States
    International Institutions in the Globalizing World Economy
    Case Study 11.1: Microcredit: Empowering Women Through Investment
    Global Perspective: The Bretton Woods Institutions and the Global South
    Theory in Practice: Contending Views of Capitalism
    Case Study 11.2: The European Economic Crisis and Its Global Consequences
    Thinking About Global Politics: Globalization: Productive, Predatory, or Inconsequential?
    Chapter 12. Global Trade and Finance
    Global Trade and Finance Actors
    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
    Global Perspective: NAFTA and Mexico
    Case Study: Southern Debt in Global Finance
    Theory in Practice: What Course to Follow Out of the 2008 Global Recession?
    Thinking About Global Politics: The Possibilities of Cooperation: The Global Commons Challenge
    Chapter 13. Poverty, Development, and Hunger
    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 13.1: Ideas and Development in the Contemporary Coffee-Producing Sector
    Theory in Practice: The Terms of Development
    Case Study 13.2: Haiti: Poverty and Hunger
    Global Perspective: Life in Zimbabwe: Poverty, Hunger, Development, and Politics
    Thinking About Global Politics: Development Assistance as Foreign Policy Statecraft
    Chapter 14. Environmental Issues
    Environmental Issues on the International Agenda: A Brief History
    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
    Global Perspective: "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

Teaching Resources

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An Instructor's Resource Manual, available on the Ancillary Resource Center (http://oup-arc.com/lamy), includes lecture suggestions, chapter outlines, group activities, multimedia suggestions, and a comprehensive Test Bank.

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A Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/lamy) contains all of the instructor's resources (Instructor's Resource Manual, PowerPoint-based lecture slides, and maps) along with student resources (study aids, chapter outlines, flashcards, quizzes for review, practice tests, and links to useful websites).

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