ISBN 9781439041741,The Global Future: A Brief Introduction to World Politics

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ISBN 9781439041741
Publisher

Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc

Publication Year 2009
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781439041741

ISBN-10 1439041741
Binding

Paperback

Edition 3rd
Number of Pages 480 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

General science

THE GLOBAL FUTURE: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS, International Edition is a concise overview of the study of world politics, based on the framework of Charles Kegley's best-selling WORLD POLITICS: TREND AND TRANSFORMATION. Written in a way that speaks to students with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities, THE GLOBAL FUTURE provides concepts and analytical tools to help readers understand contemporary events and emerging global trends. Every chapter contains thought-provoking case studies, box inserts with rival views on current controversies, and a marginal glossary, as well as vivid graphs, maps, and photographs. Centering on the latest international developments, THE GLOBAL FUTURE: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS, International Edition encourages students to form their own opinions about the pressing security, economic, and environmental problems of the twenty-first century.

Key Feature
This text succinctly presents the theories of world politics as they apply to real-world issues.
The text's main theories of realism, liberalism, and constructivism give students a strong foundation in world politics. Also included are discussions on feminism and socialism.
Each chapter opens with a case study of issues that students can apply to theory. These case studies demonstrate how to analyze real policy problems in the global arena.
"Controversy" boxes appear in each chapter, providing real-life examples of current and often debated issues that relate to course material.
Bolded key terms and marginal definitions; chapter opening quotations; chapter outlines and summaries; critical thinking questions; "Where on the World Wide Web" (annotated web resources); a visually engaging photo program; and data charts, graphs, and diagrams?all contribute to easier course planning and development.

New to this Edition
This contemporary third edition highlights the most recent developments, latest data, and most significant trends in world politics, such as negotiation in international bargaining, fallout from the Iraq war, and recent nuclear threats.
Updated photos, figures, maps, controversy boxes, and in-text examples reflect the most current information available on the topics presented.
Enlightening application boxes in each chapter illustrate how a particular policymaker applied a chapter theory to a real-world problem?in his or her own words.
Chapter-opening case studies have been added throughout, including cases on Kosovo and the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma), to broaden students' perspectives about the topics covered and in the context of current events.
Stimulating critical thinking questions close each chapter, leading students to summarize and apply what they've learned for a deeper understanding of world politics.

Table of Contents
About the Authors.
Preface.
Part I: TREND AND TRANSFORMATION IN WORLD POLITICS.
1. Exploring the Twenty-First-Century World Politics.
2. Theories of World Politics.
Part II: THE ACTORS IN WORLD POLITICS.
3. Foreign Policy Decision-Making.
4. Great-Power Rivalry and the Lure of Hegemony: Cycles of War and Peace in Modern World History.
5. Rich and Poor in World Politics: The Plight of the Global South.
6. Non-State Actors and the Challenge of Global Governance.
Part III: THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL SECURITY.
7. Armed Conflict in the Twenty-First Century.
8. Military Power and National Security in a Turbulent World.
9. Realist Paths to Peace: Alliance, Arms Control, and the Balance of Power.
10. Liberal Paths to Peace: International Law and Organization.
Part IV: THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL WARFARE.
11. The Globalization of World Politics.
12. Markets and Money in a Global Political Economy.
13. Human Rights and the Quest for Global Justice.
14. Population Dynamics and Global Environmental Politics.
Part V: ALTERNATIVE WORLD FUTURES.
15. Prospects for a New World Order.
Glossary.
References.
Index.
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