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Introduction to Global Politics

Brief Third Edition

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

Publication Date - July 2014

ISBN: 9780199396009

416 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $67.95

A Truly Global Approach. A Strong Focus on Critical Thinking. A Very Affordable Price.


Introduction to Global Politics, Brief 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 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 S. Masker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University.

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 brief 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
    Defining Nation, State, and Nation-State
    Global Actors
    Global Issues
    The Origins of Globalization
    Historical Trends: Politics
    Historical Trends: Economics
    Historical Trends: Religion and Society
    Research Approaches and Levels of Analysis
    The Historical Approach
    The Social Scientific Approach: Levels of Analysis
    The Constructivist Approach
    Introduction to Theories of Global Politics
    International Relations Theories and Globalization
    Dimensions of Globalization
    Theory in Practice: Perception, Continuity, and Change After January 20, 2009
    Case Study: Global Production and the iPod
    Thinking About Global Politics: Why Should I Care?
    Chapter 2. The Evolution of Global Politics
    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?
    The War on Terrorism: From 9/11 to Iraq and Afghanistan
    Case Study: Russia and Realism
    Theory in Practice: The Iraq War and Its Origins
    Thinking About Global Politics: Understanding and Resolving International Conflicts
    Chapter 3. Theories of Global Politics
    What Is Realism?
    The Essential Realism
    One Realism, or Many?
    What Is Liberalism?
    Defining Liberalism
    The Essential Liberalism
    Liberalism in Practice: Globalization
    Alternative Theories
    The Essential Marxism
    World-System Theory
    Feminist Theory
    Case Study 3.1: The Melian Dialogue--Realism and the Preparation for War
    Case Study 3.2: The Power of Ideas: Politics and Neoliberalism
    Theory in Practice: Reimaging War
    Thinking About Global Politics: A Summit on Global Problems
    Chapter 4. Making Foreign Policy
    States and Nationalism
    What Is Foreign Policy?
    What Do We Expect from Foreign Policy?
    Foreign Policy Strategies and Tools
    Sticks, or Threats
    Carrots, or Inducements
    Sermons: Diplomatic Messaging and the Use of the Media
    Soft and Hard Power in Foreign Policy
    Explaining Foreign Policy: Levels of Analysis
    Individual Factors, or the Human Dimension
    Domestic Factors, or National Attributes
    Systemic Factors
    Global Factors
    The Foreign Policy Process
    Four Phases of Foreign Policy Making
    Foreign Policy Styles and Traditions
    Great Powers, Middle Powers, and Small States
    Case Study: Refugees
    Theory in Practice: China, the United States, and Korea: When Great Powers' Interests Collide
    Thinking About Global Politics: Designing a New World Order
    Chapter 5. International Law and Nonstate Actors
    International Law
    International Order and Institutions
    Criticisms of International Law
    From International to Supranational Law?
    The United Nations
    A Brief History of the UN and Its Principal Organs
    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
    Nongovernmental Actors
    The Growth of Global Civil Society
    Nongovernmental Organizations
    Celebrity Diplomacy
    Foundations and Think Tanks
    Multinational Corporations
    Criminal and Terrorist Networks as Global Actors
    Theory in Practice: Neoconservatives and the UN
    Case Study: A Global Campaign: The Baby Milk Advocacy Network
    Thinking About Global Politics: Who Could Help Tomorrow? Twenty Global Problems and Global Issues Networks
    Chapter 6. Global Security, Military Power, and Terrorism
    What Is "Security"?
    The Changing Character of War
    The Nature of War
    Evolutions in Warfare
    Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation
    Proliferation Optimism and Pessimism
    Nuclear Weapons Effects
    The Global Zero Movement
    Nuclear Deterrence
    Nuclear Motivations
    Nuclear Capabilities and Intentions
    Defining Terrorism
    Terrorism: From Domestic to Global Phenomena
    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 6.1: US Drone Warfare: A Robotic Revolution in Modern Combat
    Case Study 6.2: Cyberterrorism
    Theory in Practice: The Realist-Theory Perspective and the War on Terror
    Thinking About Global Politics: Perspectives on the Arms Race
    Chapter 7. Human Rights and Human Security
    What Are Human Rights?
    Origin of the Concept
    The Liberal Account of Rights
    Human Rights and State Sovereignty
    International Human Rights Legislation
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Subsequent UN 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
    Women, Conflict, and Human Security
    The Role of the International Community
    Case Study: Human Insecurity in Southeast Asia
    Theory in Practice: Gendered Perspective on Human Rights
    Thinking About Global Politics: What Should Be Done? National Interests Versus Human Interests
    Chapter 8. Global Economics and Trade
    The Postwar World Economy
    Approaches to IPE
    Traditional Approaches: Liberal, Mercantilist, and Marxist
    New Approaches
    International Institutions in the Globalizing World Economy
    Global Trade
    Transborder Production
    Transborder Products
    The Globalization Debate in Political Economy
    Case Study: NAFTA and Mexico
    Theory in Practice: What Course to Follow Out of the Global Recession?
    Thinking About Global Politics: The Possibilities of Cooperation: The Global Commons Challenge
    Chapter 9. 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 9.1: Ideas and Development in the Contemporary Coffee-Producing Sector
    Theory in Practice: The Terms of Development
    Case Study 9.2: Haiti: Poverty and Hunger
    Thinking About Global Politics: Development Assistance as Foreign Policy Statecraft
    Chapter 10: 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
    Case Study: The "Doomsday" Seed Vault
    Theory in Practice: Regime Theory and the Montreal Protocol
    Thinking About Global Politics: The Environment: Images and Options

Teaching Resources

We offer qualified adopters a comprehensive ancillary package:

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.

A Computerized Test Bank, also available on the Ancillary Resource Center (http://oup-arc.com/lamy), provides multiple-choice, short-answer, and essay questions.

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).

Now Playing: Learning Global Politics Through Film, a print resource and Netflix subscription, features relevant videos and DVDs.

Learning Management System Cartridges are also available.

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