International relations and world politics: security, economy, identity

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Pearson Prentice Hall, Dec 31, 2007 - Political Science - 570 pages
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International Relations and World Politics introduces the issues in an organized and comprehensible way, examining them in relation to two trends; three broad, organizing themes or concepts; key actors; and three basic images or perspectives that provide structure for the pages that follow: Two trendsincreasing globalization and crises of authoritythat characterize international relations and world politics Key organizing themes or conceptsin particular, security, economy, and identity that structure the three major sections of the book Key actorsstates, international organizations, and transnational organizations and movements (such as nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, and terrorist groups) Three basic images or perspectives on world politicsrealism, liberalism (or pluralism as it is frequently called), and global economic structuralism (which includes Marxism, world-systems, and dependency theory) supplemented by references to other theoretical and conceptual understandings mentioned below Paul R. Viotti and Mark V. Kauppi wrote this book because they believe it is possible and essential to improve a student's conceptual and theoretical thinking about international relations. If one does not think conceptually, a course in world politics threatens to become little more than current events. Hence, they structured the book in such a way that key concepts, themes, and trends are utilized throughout the discussion of various topics.

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Contents

From Objectives to Specific Policies and Underlying Assumptions
102
Translating Objectives into Realities
115
Key Terms
128
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Paul R. Viotti is a professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies and the Deputy Director of the university's Institute on Globalization & Security.
Mark V. Kauppi is program manager and instructor in the Department of Defense's counterterrorism training program and is also on the faculty at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. In addition to this volume on "International Relations and World Politics," as joint efforts the two coauthors have also published "International Relations Theory" and "The Global Philosophers." Aside from their collaborative efforts, each has authored numerous journal articles and edited other volumes on international relations, comparative politics, foreign policy and national security.