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International Politics

International Politics
Classic and Contemporary Readings

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November 2012 | 568 pages | CQ Press
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 readerÆs 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 worldÆs 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 bookÆs four main partsùtheoretical traditions, war and peace, international political economy, and emerging issuesùdovetail 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.
1. Introduction
2. Social Scientific and Theoretical Analysis
3. Realism I
4. Realism II
5. Liberalism I
6. Liberalism II
7. Constructivism I
8. Constructivism II
9. Decision-Making Models
10. Ethical Traditions in International Relations
11. The Security Dilemma
12. Balance of Power
13. Deterrence
14. Bargaining and War
15. Theories of Democracy and War
16. Civil Conflict
17. Terrorism
18. The Ethics of War
19. Introduction to International Political Economy
20. International Trade
21. Hegemony and Trade
22. Domestic Politics and Trade
23. International Monetary Affairs
24. Ethics and International Political Economy
25. Poverty and Inequality
26. State-Building
27. Failed States
28. Foreign Aid
29. International Law
30. The Environment and Climate Change
31. A New International Order?
32. Ethics and Development Assistance

This book offers an extensive and excellent overview of different fields within a more general area of IR. Perfect for supplemental readings for students who are using a more general intro to IR book.

Professor Maja Savic-Bojanic
Political Science and International Relations, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
May 28, 2014

"International Politics Classic and Contemporary Readings" presents a comprehensive and well-thought selection of classic and contemporary texts on international politics, setting the terms for a solid reflexion on key international relations’ topics. By presenting contrasting views on the same topic, this book challenges students’ critical thinking. This reader is thus the ideal complement to any textbook on international relations.

Professor Isabel Camisão
Faculdade de Letras, University of Coimbra
February 24, 2014

An excellent collection of readings in international relations. I didn't adopt it as a mandatory text for my introductory course in IR because most readings are better suited for advanced courses. I have recommended it to my colleague who teaches the junior/senior level courses in IR theory.

Mr Roberto Cordon
Politics and International Relations, Franklin College
January 28, 2014

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Scott Paul Handler

Scott P. Handler (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Assistant Professor of international relations and deputy director of the international relations program at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He is an active-duty Army officer who studies international cyber strategy and policy, state-building, and post-conflict reconstruction. At Stanford he was a Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, a Graduate Fellow at the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, and a Degree Fellow at the East-West Center. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452267999