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Understanding International Relations

ISBN-10: 0230213111
ISBN-13: 9780230213111
Edition: 4th 2009 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $59.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 4/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

CHRIS BROWN is Professor of International Relations at thenbsp;London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. KIRSTEN AINLEY isnbsp;Lecturer in International Relationsnbsp;at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Preface to the Fourth Edition
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Defining International Relations
Perspectives and Theories
Conclusion
The Development of International Relations Theory in the Twentieth Century
Introduction
Liberal internationalism and the origins of the discipline
The 'realist' critique of liberal internationalism
The post-war synthesis
International Relations and the behavioural sciences
Challenges to the realist synthesis
Pluralism and complex interdependence
International Relations Theory Today
Introduction: rational choice theory and its critics
From realism to neorealism
From neorealism to liberal institutionalism
Constructivism and the 'English School'
Critical, poststructuralist and 'postmodern' international thought
Conclusion
Agency, Structure and the State
Introduction
The agent-structure problem and levels of analysis
The state and International Relations
Foreign and domestic policy: agency within the state
Conclusion: from foreign policy to power
Power and Security
Introduction: statecraft, influence and power
Dimensions of power
Power, fear and insecurity
Conclusion: managing insecurity
The Balance of Power and War
Introduction
The balance of power
The political conception of war
War in the twentieth century
Conclusion: the end of state-centric International Relations?
Global Governance
Introduction: sovereignty, anarchy and global governance
Functionalism
Integration theory, federalism and neofunctionalism
Global economic institutions: Bretton Woods and after
International regimes and regime theory
Global governance and (collective) security
The Global Economy
Introduction
The growth of the world economy
Problems and perspectives
Structuralism
The new global economy
The end of the South?
Globalization
Introduction
A new economy?
Neoliberalism and its critics
New global problems - 'Westfailure' and the environment
Global civil society?
The International Politics of Identify
Introduction
Politics in industrial societies
Identity politics post-1989
Globalization and postindustrial society
Democracy promotion, Asian values and the 'clash of civilizations'
Pluralism and international society
Conclusion
International Relations and the Individual: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian War
Introduction
Universal human rights
Rights and international law
Humanitarian intervention
Conclusions
The Shape of Things to Come
Introduction
A return to multipolarity?
Crisis in the global economy
Bad times, good times
Bibliography
Index

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