Global Future A Brief Introduction to World Politics

ISBN-10: 1133608485
ISBN-13: 9781133608486
Edition: 5th 2014
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Edition: 5th
Copyright Year: 2014
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication Date: 12/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

THE GLOBAL FUTURE: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS helps you understand contemporary events and emerging global trends through a briefer, less expensive text. Every chapter contains thought-provoking case studies, box inserts with rival views on current controversies, a marginal glossary, as well as vivid graphs, maps, and photographs. Centering on the latest international developments, this text encourages you to form your own opinions about the pressing security, economic, and environmental problems of the twenty-first century.

About the Authors
The Foundations of World Politics
Analyzing World Politics
Continuity and Change in World Politics
The Emergence of the Nation-State System
The Rise of Nonstate Actors
How Perceptions Shape Our Interpretation of World Politics
Controversy: Should We Believe What We See?
Application: Seeing the World through Foreign Eyes
A Framework for Analyzing World Politics
Levels of Analysis
Time Sequences
Applying the Framework to the Cold War's End
Thinking Critically about World Politics
The Puzzle of Counterfactuals and Causal Inference
The Plan of the Book
The Investigative Challenge
Theories of World Politics
Contending Theories of World Politics
Realist Theory
The Realist Worldview
The Evolution of Realist Thought
The Limitations of Realism
Liberal Theory
The Liberal Worldview
The Evolution of Liberal Thought
The Limitations of Liberalism
Application: Steel and Good Intentions
Constructivist Theory
The Constructivist Worldview
The Evolution of Constructivist Thought
The Limitations of Constructivism
What's Missing in Theories of World Politics?
The Radical Critique
The Feminist Critique
Thinking Critically about Theories of World Politics
Controversy: Can Behavioral Science Advance the Study of World Politics?
The Puzzle of Fostering Cooperation among States in an Anarchic Setting
What Makes a Good Theory of World Politics?
The Historical Setting of Contemporary World Politics
Long Cycles of World Leadership
The First World War
The Causes of World War I
The Consequences of World War I
The Second World War
The Causes of World War II
The Consequences of World War II
The Cold War
The Causes and Evolutionary Course of the Cold War
Controversy: Was Ideology the Primary Source of East-West Conflict?
The Consequences of the Cold War
Thinking Critically about Great-Power War
The Puzzle of Realpolitik
What Are the Prospects for Another Great-Power War?
Application: Integrate, but Hedge
The Actors in World Politics
States and Foreign Policy Decision Making
Explaining Foreign Policy
International Sources of Foreign Policy
Polarity and Polarization
Geostrategic Position
Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy
Military Capabilities
Economic Conditions
Type of Government
Organizational Processes and Politics
Application: Bureaucratic Games
Individual Sources of Foreign Policy
Leaders as the Makers of the Global Future
Factors That Affect the Capacity to Lead
Controversy: Policy and Personality: Do Leaders Make a Difference?
Thinking Critically about the Foreign Policy-Making Process
The Puzzle of the Rational Choice in Foreign Policy
What Constrains Procedural Rationality in the Foreign Policy-Making Process?
Global and Regional Intergovernmental Organizations
Types of International Organizations
Global Intergovernmental Organizations
The United Nations
Application: Security Council Reform
Controversy: Should a League of Democracies Replace the United Nations?
Other Global IGOs
Regional Intergovernmental Organizations
The European Union
Other Regional IGOs
Thinking Critically about Regional Intergovernmental Organizations
The Puzzle of Regional Integration
Have Nation-States Become Obsolete?
Nongovernmental Organizations, Multinational Corporations, and Other Nonstate Actors
Transnational Relations and World Politics
Types of Nongovernmental Organizations
Ethnopolitical Associations
Religious Movements
Controversy: Are Religious Movements Causes of War or Sources of Transnational Harmony?
Issue-Advocacy Groups and Global Civil Society
Other Prominent Nonstate Actors
Multinational Corporations
Crime Syndicates
Terrorist Networks
Thinking Critically about Nonstate Actors in World Politics
Application: Mixed-Actor Approaches to Global Diplomacy
The Puzzle of Leadership in Mixed-Actor Diplomacy
Is the Westphalian Era Drawing to a Close?
The Politics of Global Security
Patterns of Armed Conflict
The Historical Record of Armed Conflict
Trends in Interstate and Civil War
Changes in the Conduct of Warfare
What Causes Armed Conflict?
The First Level of Analysis: Human Nature
Application: When Is It Worth Going to War?
The Second Level of Analysis: Internal Characteristics of States
The Third Level of Analysis: System Structure and Processes
Controversy: How Should the United States Respond to China's Growing Power?
Thinking Critically about the Causes of Armed Conflict
The Puzzle of Arms Races
Are Time Distinct Causal Paths to War?
Military Power and the Use of Force
Power in World Politics
Tim Elements of State Power
Military Power and Political Influence
The Classical Balance of Power
The Assumptions of Balance-of Power Theory
Difficulties with Balance-of Power Systems
Managing the Balance through a Concert of Great Powers
The Nuclear Balance
Controversy: How Should States Conduct Asymmetric Wars?
Stabilizing Power Balances by Limiting Arms
Arms Control versus Disarmament
Impediments to Arms Limitation Agreements
Thinking Critically about Force and Statecraft
The Puzzle of Brinkmanship
When Does Coercive Diplomacy Work?
Application: Who Is Penalizing Whom?
International Law and Human Rights
International Legal Norms and World Order
Sovereignty and the Rules of International Law
International Law and the Preservation of Peace
Controversy: Was the War in Iraq Just?
International Legal Norms and Human Rights
Internationally Recognized Human Rights
Communitarian and Cosmopolitan Approaches to Human Rights
Human Rights and the Protection of People
The Subordinate Status of Women
The Precarious Life of Indigenous Peoples
The Global Refugee Crisis
Responding to Human Rights Abuses
The Challenge of Enforcement
Application: Human Rights Start in Small Places, Close to Home
The International Criminal Court
Thinking Critically about International Human Rights Law
The Puzzle of the Responsibility to Protect
Is the Responsibility to Protect a Right to Intervene?
The Politics of Global Welfare
The Globalization of Trade and Finance
Economic Globalization and World Politics
Application: The Consequences of Financial Globalization
Rival Theories of International Political Economy
The Shadow of the Great Depression
The Clash between Liberal and Mercantile Values
Hegemony and the Management of the Global Economy
The Hegemonic Pillars of Open Markets and Free Trade
The Uncertain Future of Liberal Hegemony
The Changing Trade Regime
The Changing International Monetary Regime
The Elements of Monetary Policy
The Bretton Woods Monetary System
The End of Bretton Woods
Controversy: Economic Interdependence and Political Leverage
Reforming the International Financial Architecture
Thinking Critically about Economic Globalization
The Puzzle of Regional Trade Agreements
Is Globalization Irreversible?
The Political Economy of Global Poverty and Inequality
The Geography of Wealth
The Colonial Experience of the Global South
The First Wave of European Imperialism
The Second Wave of European Imperialism
Self-Determination and Decolonization
Economic Disparities Between the Global North and South
Theoretical Explanations of Underdevelopment
Internal Factors: Modernization Theory's Interpretation
External Factors: Dependency' Theory's Interpretation
Contending Development Strategies
From Import Substitution to Export-Led Industrialization
Reforming the International Economic Order
Controversy: Multinational Corporations in the Global South: Do They Help or Hurt?
Application: Development, Democracy, and Debt
Thinking Critically about Resources and Economic Development
The Puzzle of the Resource Curse
Can Commodity Cartels Promote Economic Development?
Global Ecological Trends and the Transformation of World Politics
Global Demographic Patterns
The Demographic Divide
World Population Prospects
Environmental Security and Sustainable Development
The Ecopolitics of Energy
Application: Energy Dependence and Political Vulnerability
The Ecopolitics of the Atmosphere
Controversy: Common but Differential Responsibilities
The Ecopolitics of Land and Water
Thinking Critically about the Ecopolitical Agenda
The Puzzle of Setting Global Priorities
What Alternative Futures Are Possible?

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