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Adopted at over 200 colleges and universities in the First Edition, Essentials of International Relations covers the field's central topics and offers professors the freedom to supplement their courses with additional books from The Norton Series in World Politics. The Second Edition features a new chapter on globalizing issues that addresses scarcity of resources, growing populations, and cross-cultural ethics. In addition, all of the material has been reconsidered and refined based on extensive input from professors and now includes alternative perspectives on international relations such as feminism and constructivism. An impressive ancillary package includes free access to the IR Websource and a test bank for instructors. With its brief but authoritative coverage, outstanding supporting materials, and attractive package options, Essentials of International Relations provides students with the analytic tools they need for study in this dynamic field.

Author Biography: Karen Mingst is professor of political science at the University of Kentucky. She is a specialist in international relations, with specific expertise in international organization, international law, and international political economy. Her geographic focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Mingst has written several books and numerous journal articles and has conducted research in Western Europe, Yugoslavia, and West Africa. She has served as President of the International Studies Association (South) and as Treasurer and Vice President of the International Studies Association.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780781758512
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date: 03/09/2011
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 550
Sales rank: 1,034,504
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Karen A. Mingst is Lockwood Chair Professor at the Paterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. A specialist in international organization, international law, and international political economy, Professor Mingst has written a number of books and articles and has conducted research in Western Europe, West Africa, and Yugoslavia. She has frequently taught the introductory international relations course.

Ivan M. Arreguín-Toft is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University, where he teaches introductory international relations, among other courses. Professor Arreguín-Toft is a specialist in security studies and, specifically, asymmetric conflict.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsxi
1Approaches to International Relations
International Relations in Daily Life1
Thinking Theoretically3
Developing the Answers4
Integrating the Answers11
In Sum: Making Sense of International Relations13
Where Do We Go from Here?14
2The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations
The Pre-Westphalian World18
The Emergence of the Westphalian System25
Europe in the Nineteenth Century28
The Interwar Years and World War II35
The Cold War38
The Post-Cold War Era49
In Sum: Learning from History53
3Contending Perspectives: How to Think about International Relations Theoretically
Thinking Theoretically55
Theory and the Levels of Analysis59
Liberalism and Neoliberal Institutionalism62
Realism and Neorealism65
The Radical Perspective71
Theory in Action: Analyzing the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq War76
In Sum: Seeing the World through Theoretical Lenses80
4The International System
The Notion of a System83
The International System according to Liberals84
The International System according to Realists86
The International System according to Radicals95
Advantages and Disadvantages of the International System as a Level of Analysis96
In Sum: From the International System to the State99
5The State
The State and the Nation101
Contending Conceptualizations of the State103
The Nature of State Power108
Using State Power112
Models of Foreign-Policy Decisionmaking121
Challenges to the State128
In Sum: The State and Challenges Beyond133
6The Individual
Foreign-Policy Elites: Individuals Who Matter137
Private Individuals147
Mass Publics150
In Sum: How Much Do Individuals Matter?155
7Intergovernmental Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations, and International Law
Intergovernmental Organizations159
Nongovernmental Organizations180
International Law185
Realist Views of International Organization and Law191
The Radical View of International Organization and Law192
In Sum: Do Intergovernmental Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations, and International Law Make a Difference?194
8War and Strife
The Causes of War198
The Changing Character of Warfare and Its Instruments208
The Just War Tradition217
Approaches to Managing Insecurity218
Other Threats to International Security228
In Sum: International Security, Old and New229
9International Political Economy
Contending Theoretical Approaches235
Key Concepts in Liberal Economics242
Power, Competition, and Development in the International Political Economy244
The Role of Institutions in Managing Power, Competition, and Development256
In Sum: Economic Convergence and Divergence269
10Globalizing Issues
Health and Disease--Protecting Life in the Commons274
The Environment--Protecting Space in the Global Commons280
Human Rights--Protecting Human Dignity296
The Impact of Globalizing Issues307
Do Globalizing Issues Lead to Global Governance?311
In Sum: Changing You313

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