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World Politics

World Politics
International Relations and Globalisation in the 21st Century

Third Edition
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March 2023 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How can we better resolve issues like climate change or global pandemics? 
When is resolution of armed conflict achievable?
What impact does culture, religion or identity have on world events?

Today’s world politics is complex, contested and changing fast. Sovereign states, big data, international institutions, world leaders, large companies, and citizens all have vested interests in the most momentous issues facing us. Whether it’s economic crisis, global health, nuclear deterrence or war, this text is the ideal guide to understanding the most critical issues of today, and the competing ways to interpret them. 

Extensively revised, the third edition takes you through the key events and changes in world politics from the 1500s, showing how historical events and developments are essential for understanding world politics today. Packed with examples from around the world, the book introduces the reader to different theories, concepts, issues, and actors in world politics.Covering all the essential topics, from international law and political economy to critical theory and security studies, this new edition includes:
- 3 brand new chapters on Foreign Policy Analysis, Race and Identity, and Global Health
- Fully revised historical chapters for a comprehensive historical perspective
- An expanded range of topics, cases, and cutting-edge research to fully reflect the latest empirical and theoretical developments

Its unparalleled breadth and clarity make it the perfect introductory text for all undergraduate students of International Relations and Global Politics.

Jeffrey Haynes is an emeritus professor of politics at London Metropolitan University.

Peter Hough is an Associate Professor in International Politics at Middlesex University, London.

Bruce Pilbeam is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at London Metropolitan University.

IR & Globalisation
1. World Politics And Globalisation
Globalisation And IR: Historical Perspective
2. International Society And World Politics
3. World Politics: 19th Century To World War II
4. World Politics After World War II
5. World Politics After The Cold War
IR Theories
6. Realism
7. Liberalism
8. Marxism And Neo-Marxism
9. Post-Positivism
10. Critical Theory
11. Feminism And Gender
12. Social Constructivism
International Structures And Dynamics
13. Foreign Policy Analysis
14. International Organisations And Transnational Actors
15. The United Nations
16. Global Civil Society
17. International Law
18. Regionalism
19. Race & Identity
20. International Security
21. International Political Economy
Global Issues
22. The Global Environment
23. Development, Poverty And Inequality
24. Contemporary Warfare
25. Global Health Politics
26. Migration
27. Human Rights
28. Terrorism And Political Violence
29. Nuclear Deterrence And Proliferation
30. Peacekeeping And Peacebuilding
31. Conclusions And The Future Of World Politics


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Additional case studies with lecturer’s notes provide you with further examples to use in class/ help bring theory to life.

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A fascinating analysis of normative, empirical, historical and contemporary materials, this new textbook offers a remarkably comprehensive introduction to IR. The changing dynamics of world politics are introduced through the fundamental themes and theoretical perspectives in international relations as well as addressing key issues and challenges in the world today. It will be ideal for all undergraduate students!

Yanan Song
SOAS University of London, UK

An accessible and engaging textbook that encourages critical reflection on the main concepts, issues and theories of world politics, both historically and in contemporary times. A valuable companion for all students, especially newcomers, to the discipline of International Relations.

Suwita Hani Randhawa
UWE Bristol, UK

This book has been insightful into international relations, this will support the learners in developing their understanding of world politics and globalisation. This book has dedicated chapter which I feel learners will enjoy and support their additional reading when it comes to studying international relations in their second year.

Mr Thomas James Beach
Health Care, Child Care and Public Services, Exeter College
July 13, 2023

Jeffrey Haynes

Jeffrey Haynes, the author of more than 40 books, is a professor of politics and director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation at London metropolitan University, where he teaches courses on international relations. More About Author

Peter Hough

Peter Hough is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Middlesex University where he leads the MA International Relations course. He has published recent books on the politics of security, the environment and the Arctic. More About Author

Bruce Pilbeam

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