South Asia in World Politics


Author: Devin T. Hagerty
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742525870
Category: Political Science
Page: 312
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South Asia in World Politics offers a comprehensive introduction to the politics and international relations of South Asia, a key area encompassing the states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. While U.S. interest has long been sporadic and reactive, 9/11 alerted Washington that paying only fitful attention to one of the world's most volatile and populous regions was a recipe for everyday instability, repeated international crises, major and minor wars, and conditions so chronically unsettled that they continue to provide a fertile breeding ground for transnational Islamic terrorism. Exploring the many facets of this dynamic region, the book also assesses U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and explains the importance of Bangladesh and Pakistan, two of only a handful of Islamic states with significant track records as democracies.

World Politics: The Menu for Choice


Author: David Kinsella,Bruce Russett,Harvey Starr
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1111772010
Category: Education
Page: 480
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WORLD POLITICS: THE MENU FOR CHOICE continues to be a sophisticated and broad theoretical orientation to the study of world politics, giving students the tools they need to adapt to the rapid change associated with international relations. The 10th Edition features 15 chapters, instead of 17, increased coverage of international law and organization, and a new feature on ethics. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

World Politics

Progress and its Limits
Author: James Mayall
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745667775
Category: Political Science
Page: 184
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At the end of the Cold War, there was much talk of a new world order in which the sovereign state would be held to democratic account, fundamental rights would be respected, and conflict would be replaced by cooperation based on the rule of law. At the start of the new millenium most of this optimism has evaporated. This book examines why it is so difficult to improve standards of international behaviour and explores the pre-conditions for any realistic attempt to do so. It discusses three major issues that have dominated international debate over the past decade: the tension between sovereignty and national self-determination; the problems associated with the attempt to spread democracy around the world; and the desirability of external intervention in ethnic and religious conflicts. Rejecting both the unfounded optimism of the early 1990s and the cynical pessimism of more recent years, Professor Mayall points to the strong elements of continuity in international life. He concludes that international society is unlikely to be successfully reformed if governments continue to will progressive ends whilst evading responsibility for their actions.

The Globalization of World Politics

An Introduction to International Relations
Author: John Baylis,Steve Smith,Patricia Owens
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198739850
Category: Globalization
Page: 610
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Now in its seventh edition, this contributed textbook introduces students to the history, theory, structures, and key issues in international relations. Fully updated and revised in light of recent developments in world politics, new chapters on feminism, race, international organizations,and NGOs ensure the text continues to cover topics that define the issues today and for the next generation.

Sexualities in World Politics

How LGBTQ claims shape International Relations
Author: Manuela Lavinas Picq,Markus Thiel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131758998X
Category: Political Science
Page: 194
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As LGBTQ claims acquire global relevance, how do sexual politics impact the study of International Relations? This book argues that LGBTQ perspectives are not only an inherent part of world politics but can also influence IR theory-making. LGBTQ politics have simultaneously gained international prominence in the past decade, achieving significant policy change, and provoked cultural resistance and policy pushbacks. Sexuality politics, more so than gender-based theories, arrived late on the theoretical scene in part because sexuality and gender studies initially highlighted post-structuralist thinking, which was hardly accepted in mainstream political science. This book responds to a call for a more empirically motivated but also critical scholarship on this subject. It offers comparative case-studies from regional, cultural and theoretical peripheries to identify ways of rethinking IR. Further, it aims to add to critical theory, broadening the knowledge about previously unrecognized perspectives in an accessible manner. Being aware of preoccupations with the de-queering, disciplining nature of theory establishment in the social sciences, we critically reconsider IR concepts from a particular LGBTQ vantage point and infuse them with queer thinking. Considering the relative dearth of contemporary mainstream IR-theorizing, authors ask what contribution LGBTQ politics can provide for conceiving the political subject, as well as the international structure in which activism is embedded. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of gender politics, cultural studies and international relations theory.

The Dao of World Politics

Towards a Post-Westphalian, Worldist International Relations
Author: L. H. M. Ling
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134526989
Category: Political Science
Page: 240
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This book draws on Daoist yin/yang dialectics to move world politics from the current stasis of hegemony, hierarchy, and violence to a more balanced engagement with parity, fluidity, and ethics. The author theorizes that we may develop a richer, more representative approach towards sustainable and democratic governance by offering a non-Western alternative to hegemonic debates in IR. The book presents the story of world politics by integrating folk tales and popular culture with policy analysis. It does not exclude current models of liberal internationalism but rather brackets them for another day, another purpose. The deconstruction of IR as a singular unifying school of thought through the lens of a non-Westphalian analytic shows a unique perspective on the forces that drive and shape world politics. This book suggests new ways to articulate and act so that global politics is more inclusive and less coercive. Only then, the book claims, could IR realize what the dao has always stood for: a world of compassion and care. The Dao of World Politics bridges the humanities and social sciences, and will be of interest to scholars and students of the global/international, as well as policymakers and activists of the local/domestic.

Force and Legitimacy in World Politics


Author: David Armstrong,Theo Farrell,Bice Maiguashca
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521691642
Category: Philosophy
Page: 266
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A leading group of international authorities consider the issues surrounding the legitimation of force.

Africa in World Politics

A Pan-African Perspective
Author: Guy Martin
Publisher: Africa World Press
ISBN: 9780865438583
Category: History
Page: 311
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This book examines the key aspects of Africa's external relations and reviews the various political, security and economic strategies through which independent African states have tried to enhance their power and status in the world. The author analyses the ideology of Eurafrica, as well as Europe's evolving relationship with Africa, while also assessing the prospects for African regional integration in the context of Pan-Africanism.

War and Change in World Politics


Author: Robert Gilpin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521273763
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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War and Change in World Politics introduces the reader to an important new theory of international political change. Arguing that the fundamental nature of international relations has not changed over the millennia, Professor Gilpin uses history, sociology, and economic theory to identify the forces causing change in the world order. The discussion focuses on the differential growth of power in the international system and the result of this unevenness. A shift in the balance of power - economic or military - weakens the foundations of the existing system, because those gaining power see the increasing benefits and the decreasing cost of changing the system. The result, maintains Gilpin, is that actors seek to alter the system through territorial, political, or economic expansion until the marginal costs of continuing change are greater than the marginal benefits. When states develop the power to change the system according to their interests they will strive to do so- either by increasing economic efficiency and maximizing mutual gain, or by redistributing wealth and power in their own favour.

America's Strategy in World Politics

The United States and the Balance of Power
Author: Nicholas John Spykman
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412817141
Category: Political Science
Page: 500
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Less than a year after the United States entered the Second World War, Nicholas Spykman wrote a book that placed the war effort in the broader context of the 1940s global balance of power. In America's Strategy in World Politics, Spykman examined world politics from a realist geopolitical perspective. The United States, he explained, was fighting for its very survival as an independent country because the conquests of Germany and Japan raised the specter of our geopolitical encirclement by hostile forces controlling the power centers of Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. Spykman warned that the United States could not safely retreat to a defensive position in the Western Hemisphere. Spykman looked beyond the immediate strategic requirements of the Second World War, envisioning a postwar world in which the United States would help shape the global balance of power to meet its security needs. Even though Soviet Russia was our wartime ally, Spykman recognized that a geopolitically unbalanced Soviet Union could threaten to upset the postwar balance of power and thereby endanger U.S. security. Spykman also foresaw the rise of China in postwar Asia, and the likely need for the United States to ally itself with Japan to balance China's power. He also recognized that the Middle East would play a pivotal role in the postwar world. Spykman influenced American postwar statesmen and strategists. During the Cold War, the U.S. sought to deny the Soviet Union political control of Western Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. Spykman's geopolitical vision of U.S. security, supported by a balanced Eurasian land mass, coupled with his focus on power as the governing force in international relations, makes America's Strategy in World Politics relevant to the twenty-first century.

China in World Politics

Policies, Processes, Prospects
Author: Judith F. Kornberg,John R. Faust
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 0774811803
Category: Political Science
Page: 294
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This fully revised and updated text introduces students toChina’s foreign policy, past and present, and the factors thatmay influence the country’s future policy agenda. Exploring thenew dynamics of China’s regional and international roles, theauthors outline the political, security, economic, and social issuesthe country faces in the emerging twenty-first century.

The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics


Author: Clifford Bob
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139503952
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
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This book is an eye-opening account of transnational advocacy, not by environmental and rights groups, but by conservative activists. Mobilizing around diverse issues, these networks challenge progressive foes across borders and within institutions. In these globalized battles, opponents struggle as much to advance their own causes as to destroy their rivals. Deploying exclusionary strategies, negative tactics and dissuasive ideas, they aim both to make and unmake policy. In this work, Clifford Bob chronicles combat over homosexuality and gun control in the UN, the Americas, Europe and elsewhere. He investigates the 'Baptist-burqa' network of conservative believers attacking gay rights, and the global gun coalition blasting efforts to control firearms. Bob draws critical conclusions about norms, activists and institutions, and his broad findings extend beyond the culture wars. They will change how campaigners fight, scholars study policy wars, and all of us think about global politics.

International Order and the Future of World Politics


Author: T. V. Paul,John A. Hall
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521658324
Category: Political Science
Page: 421
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Distinguished scholars assess the emerging international order, examining leading theories, the major powers, and potential problems.

Governance Without Government

Order and Change in World Politics
Author: James N. Rosenau,Ernst-Otto Czempiel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521405782
Category: Political Science
Page: 311
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A world government capable of controlling nation-states has never evolved. Nonetheless, considerable governance underlies the current order among states, facilitates absorption of the rapid changes at work in the world, and gives direction to the challenges posed by interstate conflicts, environmental pollution, currency crises, and the many other problems to which an ever expanding global interdependence gives rise. In this study, ten leading specialists examine the central features of this "governance without government." They explore the ideational bases, behavioral patterns, and institutional arrangements that give structure and direction to the diverse forms of governance prevailing in different parts of the world. The authors pay particular attention to the pervasive changes presently at work within and among states. They assess to what extent the changes promote and sustain order in the global system and consider within this context of change and order the Concert of Europe, the pillars of the Westphalian system, the effectiveness of international institutions and regulatory mechanisms, the European Community and other micro-underpinnings of macro-governance practices. This path-breaking volume departs from established ways of studying international relations and the post-Cold War order. It will be widely read by all who teach, study, and practice international relations.

Small States in World Politics

Explaining Foreign Policy Behavior
Author: Jeanne A. K. Hey
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
ISBN: 9781555879433
Category: Political Science
Page: 230
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The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is increasing. Patients with this disease are prone to devastating complications, many of which can be prevented or reduced by appropriate interventions in primary care. Primary health care teams need relevant up-to-date guidance about how to improve the care that they provide to patients with this disease.

Civilizing World Politics

Society and Community Beyond the State
Author: Mathias Albert,Lothar Brock,Klaus Dieter Wolf
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847698035
Category: Political Science
Page: 276
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Civilizing World Politics offers an innovative approach to the changing contexts of global politics, moving beyond the ever more fuzzy debate on globalization to a concept of world society that transcends the nation state and embraces communities including nongovernmental organizations. It brings together research from various fields of political science, sociology, and social theory in new ways, successfully introducing U.S. students of international affairs to contemporary continental research in a way that enlightens as it civilizes.

The Arms Dynamic in World Politics


Author: Barry Buzan,Eric Herring
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
ISBN: 9781555875961
Category: Political Science
Page: 325
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What is the relationship between the arms dynamic and world politics? How has that relationship changed? Considering the set of factors that influence the nature of armed forces, this comprehensive book puts these questions into historical and analytical perspective.

Global Environment and World Politics


Author: Elizabeth R. DeSombre
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826479150
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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Politically, the world is composed of states. Environmentally, the world is made up of ecosystems. This disconnection between ecological and political systems makes addressing environmental issues at the global level both more difficult and more necessary. This volume examines how we should set about addressing the problems that face the environment internationally. The field of international environmental politics draws on a variety of academic traditions. It uses international relations theory to look at the concerns and actions of states; but it also uses variety of new perspectives to explain issues that are unique to the study of the environment. Elizabeth DeSombre explores four important approaches to the field: international environmental cooperation; the relationship between the environment and security; the issues of science, uncertainty and risk; and the role of non-state actors. She explores these approaches with the help of case studies on specific problems facing the global environment, focasing in particular on ozone depletion and global climate change; the politics of whaling; the protection of Amazonian biodiversity; and acid rain in Europe and North America.