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International Politics on the World Stage

ISBN-10: 0073403881
ISBN-13: 9780073403885
Edition: 12th 2008
Authors: John T. Rourke
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List price: $198.00
Edition: 12th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 12/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.90" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

One of the leading texts on the IR market, John Rourke's International Politics on the World Stage provides a balanced and comprehensive study of international relations that combines theory, history, and current trends and events. The modern international system, a background history of how it evolved in its present form, as well as transformations that are shaping the 21st century are presented in a straightforward, accessible discussion, without undermining the complexity of world political issues. The text lives up to its reputation of including the latest events and developments of the world stage. Rourke discusses political theory, including contemporary approaches such as constructivism and postmodernism, in the opening chapter. He brings theoretical concepts to life with illustrative examples taken from major current world events, so students see how theory plays out in the real world. The text covers major issues of the twenty-first century, such as the structure of the modern state in the international system, globalization and the political economy, global security, the rise of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, human rights, and the environment. These topics linked through the chapters in the text give students a grasp of the underlying patterns in world politics, so that they can interpret events they see on the evening news or on the Internet. As in previous editions, the text shows students how politics affects our everyday lives and emphasizes the importance of being politically aware, making informed decisions, and taking responsible action.

Part I. Studying World Politics Chapter 1. Thinking and Caring about World Politics Previewing the Global Drama Global Actors: Meet the Cast The Importance of World Politics to Each of Us World Politics and Your Finances World Politics and Your Living Space World Politics and Your Life You Can Make a Difference Thinking Theoretically: Putting Events in Context Realist Theory Liberal Theory Postmodernist, Feminist, and Economic Theories Constructivist Theory Assessing Theories Chapter Summary Key Terms Boxes: Debate the Policy Script: Applying Theory to Policy Get Involved: Connect With a Student-Oriented Political/Civic Organization Chapter 2. The Evolution of World Politics The Evolving World System: Early Development Ancient Greece and Rome After the Fall of Rome, A.D. 476 to 1700 The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries The Evolving World System: The Twentieth Century The Eclipse of the Multipolar System The Cold War and the Bipolar System The Twenty-First Century: The Genesis of a New System The Polar Power Structure in the Twenty-First Century Other Power Changes in the Twenty-First Century Global Economics in the Twenty-First Century Quality of Life in the Twenty-First Century Chapter Summary Key Terms Box: Debate the Policy Script: Is Preemptive War Good Policy? Chapter 3. Levels of Analysis and Foreign Policy Individual-Level Analysis Humans as a Species Organizational Behavior Leaders and Their Individual Traits Policy as a Mix of Rational and Irrational Factors State-Level Analysis Making Foreign Policy: Type of Government, Situation, and Policy Making Foreign Policy: Political Culture Foreign Policy–Making Actors System-Level Analysis Structural Characteristics Power Relationships Economic Realities Norms Chapter Summary Key Terms Box: Debate the Policy Script: Who Should Decide on War? Part II: Political Orientations on the World Stage Chapter 4. Nationalism: The Traditional Orientation Understanding Nations, Nationalism, and Nation-States Nations, Nationalism, and Nation-States Defined The Rise and Ascendancy of Nationalism Nationalism in Practice: Issues and Evaluation Nation-States: More Myth Than Reality Positive and Negative Aspects of Nationalism Self-Determination as a Goal Nationalism and the Future The Recent Past and Present of Nationalism The Future of Nationalism Chapter Summary Key Terms Box Debate the Policy Script: Should There Be a Limit to Self-Determination? Chapter Summary Key Terms Box Debate the Policy Script: Should There Be a Limit to Self-Determination? Chapter 5. Globalism: The Alternative Orientation Globalism Globalization Factors Accelerating Globalization Globalization of Transportation and Communications Economic Globalization Cultural Globalization Evaluating Globalization Transnationalism Transnational Organizations Regional Transnationalism Cultural Transnationalism Transnational Religion Islam and the World Transnational Movements The Future of Transnationalism Chapter Summary Key Terms Box: Get Involved: Join an NGO Part III: Organizational Structures of the Actors Chapter 6. National States: The Traditional Structure The Nature and Purpose of the State The State Defined Purposes of the State How States Are Governed Authoritarian Government Democratic Government The Future of Democracy The Possibility of Spreading Democracy States and the Future The State: Changing Status The State: The Indictment The State: The Defense The State: The Verdict Chapter Summary Key Terms Box: Get Involved: The Future of Tibet Chapter 7. Intergovernmental Organization: Alternative Governance An Overview of Intergovernmental Organizations The Origins of IGOs The Growth of IGOs Roles that IGOs Play Global IGOs: Focus on the United Nations Membership and Voting Leadership Administration and Finance Activities of the UN and Other IGOs Evaluating Global IGOs Regional IGOs: Focus on the European Union The Origins and Evolution of the European Union Government of the European Union The Future of the EU Structure, Rules, and Related Issues Chapter Summary Key Terms Box: Debate the Policy Script: Santa or Scrooge: The United States and the UN Budget Part IV: Approaches to Conduct on the World Stage Chapter 8. National Power and Statecraft: The Traditional Approach The Complex Nature of Power Characteristics of Power Measuring Power The Foundation of National Power The National Geography People Government National Infrastructure Military Power Measuring Military Power Military Power: Debating How Much Economic Power Financial Position Natural Resources Industrial Output Agricultural Output The Military Instrument Applying Force from Intimidation to Attack The Effectiveness of Force The Economic Instrument Economic Incentives Economic Sanctions The Diplomatic Instrument The Context of Diplomacy Diplomacy as a Communications Process Conducting Diplomacy The Informational Instrument Chapter Summary Key Terms Box: Debate the Policy Script: Is Immigration a Solution to Demographic Graying? Chapter 9. International Law and Justice: An Alternative Approach Fundamentals of International Law and Justice The Primitive Nature of International Law The Growth of International Law The Practice of International Law The Fundamentals of International Justice The International Legal System The Philosophical Roots of Law How International Law Is Made Adherence to the Law Adjudication of the Law Applying International Law and Justice Law and Justice in a Multicultural World States, War, and International Law Applying International Law and Justice to Individuals The Pragmatic Application of Law and Justice The Future of International Law and Justice Chapter Summary Key Terms Box: Debate the Policy Script: Would You Kill This Baby? Part V: Pursing Peace Chapter 10. National Security: The Traditional Road War and World Politics The Human Record The Causes of War: Three Levels of Analysis The Changing Nature of War Classifying Warfare Terrorism The Nature and Limits of Terrorism Sources of Terrorism The Record of Terrorism Terrorist Weapons and Tactics The Causes of Terrorism Combating Terrorism Unconventional Force Arms Transfers Special Operations Conventional Force Goals and Conduct of War Avoiding Unchecked Escalation Weapons of Mass Destruction Biological Weapons Chemical Weapons Nuclear Weapons Nuclear Deterrence and Strategy Chapter Summary Key Terms Box: Debate the Policy Script: Should Women Serve in Combat? Chapter 11. International Security: The Alternative Road Thinking about Security A Tale of Insecurity Seeking Security Limited Self-Defense through Arms Control Methods of Achieving Arms Control The History of Arms Control The Barriers to Arms Control International Security Forces International Security Forces: Theory and Practice International Security and the Future Abolition of War Complete Disarmament Pacifism Chapter Summary Key Terms Boxes: Get Involved: Adopt a Minefield Debate the Policy Script: Is "Zero-Nukes'' a Good Goal? Part VI: Pursuing Prosperity Chapter 12. National Economic Competition: The Traditional Road Theories of International Political Economy Economic Nationalism Economic Internationalism Economic Structuralism The World Economy: Globalization and Interdependence Trade International Investment Monetary Rel

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