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Introduction to Global Politics is a major new textbook which introduces students to the key changes in current global politics in order to help them make sense of major trends that are shaping our world. The emphasis on change in global politics helps students recognize that genuinely new developments require citizens to change their beliefs and that new problems may appear even as old ones disappear. This text is designed to encourage students to think ahead in new, open-minded ways, even as they come to understand the historical roots of the present.

KEY FEATURES of Introduction to Global Politics

  • Explains global politics using an historical approach which allows students to understand continuity as well as change
  • Examines and assesses several types of theory so that students become aware of what theory is and why it is necessary for understanding global politics. The text applies and illustrates the main theories of international relations – realism, liberalism, and constructivism – throughout the text
  • Integrates theoretical and substantive issues to help students understand abstract ideas by showing them how these ideas work in real life. Each topical chapter includes historical background, theoretical lenses through which to view the history, and commentary about how this history links with today’s event
  • Introduces students to all key aspects of global politics including the development of the nation-state, power, international law, war, foreign policy, security, terrorism, international organization, international political economy, the global South, the environment, and globalization
  • Introduces students to the use of levels of analysis, an important conceptual tool that reappears throughout the text as an aid to understanding and explaining change and continuity in global politics
  • Comprehensive global coverage – as well as US and European examples, extensive discussion of Asia, the Middle East, and the developing world. This makes the text equally useful for comparative politics courses

Richard W. Mansbach is Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University, USA. A former editor of International Studies Quarterly, Marshall Scholar, and three-time Fulbright Scholar.

Kirsten L. Taylot is Associate Professor of Government and International Studies at Berry College (Mount Berry, GA), USA.

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