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Principles of International Politics

Principles of International Politics

Fourth Edition

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International Relations

June 2009 | 488 pages | CQ Press
A little revolution now and again is a good thing. The scientific approach to international relations has transformed the field. And now, thanks to a revolutionary revision, Principles of International Politics offers a crisp and clear introduction to international relations from the strategic point of view.

Responding to user feedback and classroom testing, Principles has been completely recast so that the book is focused squarely on the central insights of the strategic perspective. Honing in on two key ideas - winning coalitions and selectorate size - the book delivers the fundamental lessons of the theory more easily than ever, giving students even better access to the most powerful way of thinking about IR today.

Not only will students find the text easier to follow, they'll also find the book shorter - almost half the length of the previous edition. Streamlining places the take-away points front and center, and the basic tools of the model are delivered in clear step-by-step language, allowing beginning students to grasp the theory's powerful insights.

What hasn't changed: Bueno de Mesquita's commitment to covering the fundamentals of IR. You'll find a full examination of security problems, with special attention to theories of war, an exploration of the democratic peace, the problems of terrorism, military intervention, the role of foreign aid, democratization, international political economy, globalization, international organizations, alliances, and international law. Helpful pedagogical features allow students to master the principles, including:

• chapter-opener overviews,

• bolded key terms

• "Try This" feature boxes

• a full glossary, and

• appendixes (a survey of world history and a primer on the scientific method).

This book seems to be a good choice for those instructors who want to introduce some of the leading topics of debate in international relations through game theory. Due to game theoretic applications, this book seems more suited to graduate level students (perhaps MA level) than undergraduates. Another reason why I listed this book as recommended, rather than essential arises from its selection of subjects--though many of the topics routinely covered in IR theory classes appear in the book (e.g. realism, regimes) certain debates (e.g critical theory, English School) are omitted.

Dr Gul Kurtoglu Eskisar
International Relations, Dokuz Eylül University
July 12, 2011

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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is Julius Silver Professor of Politics and Director of the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy at New York University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is an expert on international conflict, foreign policy formation, the peace process, and nation-building. He is the author of many books, including The Logic of Political Survival (with Alastair Smith, Randolph M. Siverson, and James D. Morrow); War and Reason (with David Lalman); Predicting Politics; The Strategy of Campaigning (with Kiron Skinner, Serhiy Kudelia, and Condoleezza Rice); and The War Trap. He is the... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780872895980