Perspectives on World Politics

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Richard Little, Michael Smith
Taylor & Francis, Oct 27, 2005 - Political Science - 436 pages

Perspectives on World Politics has been essential reading for students of international relations since the 1980s. This new edition fully updates this key text for the twenty-first century.

Focusing on the main competing analytical perspectives, the first and second editions established an authoritative sense of the conceptual tools used to study world politics, as well as reflecting on the major debates and responses to changes in the world arena.

This third edition builds on the success of its predecessors by presenting a fresh set of readings within this framework:

  • power and security
  • interdependence and globalization
  • dominance and resistance.

It also includes a much-expanded fourth section, ‘World Politics in Perspective’, which reflects the methodological and normative debates that have developed since publication of the previous edition.

This is an essential text for all students and scholars of politics and international relations.

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About the author (2005)

Richard Little is a professor of International Politics at the University of Bristol. He is a previous editor of the Review of International Studies and Chair of the British International Studies Association. He is co-author with Barry Buzan of International Systems in World History (University of Oxford, 2000) which has been translated into Chinese.

Michael Smith is Professor of European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in the Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies at Loughborough University. He has published widely in the area of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis and he has co-authored with Mark Webber, Foreign Policy in a Transformed World (2002) and co-edited with Christopher Hill International Relations and the European Union (2005).

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