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Understanding International Relations

ISBN-10: 0333948491
ISBN-13: 9780333948491
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
Authors: Chris Brown
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Description: This concise introductory text takes as its starting point the main theoretical approaches and shows how these can be applied to understanding the central questions of war and peace, poverty and wealth, economic management and global governance.

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 6/9/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This concise introductory text takes as its starting point the main theoretical approaches and shows how these can be applied to understanding the central questions of war and peace, poverty and wealth, economic management and global governance.

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First 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 neoliberalism
Constructivism and the 'English School'
Critical, poststructuralist and 'postmodern' international thought
Conclusion
The State and Foreign Policy
Introduction
The state and International Relations
Foreign and domestic policy: the 'decision' as focus
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'?
Global civil society?
The International Politics of Identity
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
Conclusion
US Hegemony and World Order
Introduction
An American century - again?
Ideology and US strategic doctrine
The significance of 9/11
The United States and Europe: Mars and Venus?

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