International Politics Classic and Contemporary Readings

ISBN-10: 1452267995
ISBN-13: 9781452267999
Edition: 2013
Authors: Scott P. Handler
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 1/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.530

This comprehensive and smartly organized reader showcases the very best, most engaging international relations scholarship and political debate: over 90 carefully edited readings representing the field’s central traditions as well as important contemporary debates that capture new challenges and trace the development of the scholarship. But this is more than just a mere collection of readings: International Politics is purpose-bulit to help instructors and students engage critically, and in the spirit of intellectual pluralism, with some of the world’s most challenging and provocative questions. The reader’s substantial part headnotes put each of the selections into context and also into conversation with one another, and Handler consciously models good critical analytic questions throughout. At the end of each part header, there is a set of robust discussion questions that serve to guide discussion of the readings or provide the basis for essay questions. Throughout, International Politics emphasizes the importance of intellectual pluralism in reaching conclusions about the world’s most pressing problems, and the selections have been chosen in order to best represent the full scope of topics and approaches. Unique to this reader are selections in each part focused specifically on ethical issues, which invite readers to engage in and make complex decisions about world dilemmas. The book’s four main parts-theoretical traditions, war and peace, international political economy, and emerging issues-dovetail with how most IR courses are taught. In Part I, the major traditions covered include introductions to realism, liberalism, constructivism, their major variants, social scientific and theoretical analysis, and decision-making models. In Part II, topical coverage includes the security dilemma, balance of power, deterrence, bargaining models, theories of democracy and war, civil conflict, terrorism, and the ethics of war. Part II features selections on international political economy, with readings on international trade, hegemony and trade, domestic politics and trade, international monetary affairs, and ethics and IPE. The fourth part of the book looks at emerging issues, including power and inequality, state-building, failed states, foreign aid, international law, the environment, international order, and ethics and development assistance. Class-tested over several years at the United States Military Academy and elsewhere, International Politics was built from the ground up to introduce students to the traditions and new foundations of international relations as well to the principles of intellectually rigorous thought. Priced for value, the reader offers nearly twice the number of readings as other leading IR readers and a much broader choice of topics, but at the same price.

Preface
Theoretical Traditions in International Relations
Introduction
"What Is International Politics?"
"Good Writing in Political Science: An Undergraduate Student's Short Illustrated Primer V.1.01"
Social Scientific and Theoretical Analysis
"The Elements of Social Scientific Thinking"
"Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis"
Realism I
"Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery"
The Prince
"A Realist Theory of International Politics"
"The Peloponnesian War"
Realism II
"The Origins of War in Neorealist Theory"
"Anarchy and the Struggle for Power"
"Why the World Needs America"
Liberalism I
"Of the State of Nature, of the State of War, and of the Ends of Political Society and Government"
"Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch"
"Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs"
Liberalism II
"Liberalism Revived"
"The Worlds of International Relations: The Military-Political World, the Trading World"
"Economic Interdependence and War: A Theory of Trade Expectations"
"Harmony, Cooperation, and Discord"
"Fourteen Points"
Constructivism I
"The Promise of Constructivism in International Relations Theory"
"International Norm Dynamics and Political Change"
"Stigmatizing the Bomb: Origins of the Nuclear Taboo"
Constructivism II
"Dealing With Difference: Problems and Possibilities for Dialogue in International Relations"
"The Violence of Illusion"
Decision-Making Models
"Conceptual Models and the Cuban Missile Crisis"
Ethical Traditions in International Relations
"The Melian Dialogue"
"Normative Ethics"
"Ethical Questions and International Politics"
War and Peace
The Security Dilemma
"Cooperation Under the Security Dilemma"
"Exploding the Powder Keg Myth: Preemptive Wars Almost Never Happen"
"Preventive War and Democratic Politics"
Balance of Power
"The Balance of Power"
"Alliance Formation and the Balance of World Power"
"Soft Balancing Against the United States"
Deterrence
"The Diplomacy of Violence"
"A Nuclear-Armed Iran: A Difficult but Not Impossible Policy Problem"
"Containment Breach"
Bargaining and War
"Exploring the Bargaining Model of War"
"Afghan Peace Talks: A Primer"
"It's Time for America to Negotiate With the Taliban"
Theories of Democracy and War
"The Fact of the Democratic Peace"
"Democratization and War"
"Polities and Peace"
Civil Conflict
"Who Fights? The Determinants of Participation in Civil War"
Committing to Peace
"Give War a Chance"
Terrorism
"The Four Waves of Rebel Terror and September 11"
"The Causes of Terrorism"
"The Strategies of Terrorism"
The Ethics of War
"War and Massacre"
"The Moral Duties of Statesmen"
"Morality, Reduced to Arithmetic"
International Political Economy
Introduction to International Political Economy
"International Politics and International Economics"
International Trade
"What Do Undergrads Need to Know About Trade?"
"International Trade"
"Trading in Illusions"
"The Free-Trade Paradox: Why Is Trade Booming While Trade Talks Are Crashing?"
Hegemony and Trade
"State Power and the Structure of International Trade"
"Hegemony in the World Political Economy"
"Dependency Theory"
Domestic Politics and Trade
"Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games"
"Why Changing Exposure to Trade Should Affect Political Cleavages"
"Votes and Vetoes: The Political Determinants of Commercial Openness"
International Monetary Affairs
"The Legalization of International Monetary Affairs"
"The Trilemma of International Finance"
"Europe After the Crisis: How to Sustain a Common Currency"
Ethics and International Political Economy
"Minimal Ethical and Legal Absolutes in Foreign Trade"
"Does Globalization Have an Ethical Problem?"
"Two Cheers for Sweatshops"
Emerging Issues in International Relations
Poverty and Inequality
"The Vicious Cycle of Inequality in Latin America"
"What's the Issue?" and "On Missing the Boat: The Marginalization of the Bottom Billion in the World Economy"
"The Political Roots of Poverty: The Economic Logic of Autocracy"
State-Building
"State Building and Nation Building"
"Violence and the Rise of Open-Access Orders"
"Nation-Building and the Failure of Institutional Memory"
Failed States
"Why Africa's Weak States Persist: The Empirical and the Juridical in Statehood"
"State Death in the International System"
"Addressing State Failure"
Foreign Aid
"The Development Challenge"
"The Utopian Nightmare"
"Bush and Foreign Aid"
International Law
"The Concept of Legalization"
"International Law: The Trials of Global Norms"
"The Limits of Idealism"
The Environment and Climate Change
The Economist, "Let Them Eat Pollution"
The Economist, "Pollution and the Poor"
"The Interest-Based Explanation of International Environmental Policy"
"What to Do About Climate Change?"
A New International Order?
"The End of History?"
"Jihad vs. McWorld"
"The Clash of Civilizations?"
Ethics and Development Assistance
"Famine, Affluence, and Morality"
"Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor"

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