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We now live in a new era of globalization, where instant communications, the emergence of a world economy, a global culture, and new non-state social movements have transformed world politics, making redundant many of the approaches developed for understanding and explaining the cold war world.
This comprehensive introductory text focuses on explaining to students without previous knowledge of the subject how contemporary world politics work. An introductory chapter discusses the concept of globalization and summarises the main arguments for and against it. There then follow four sections, covering:
* the historical background to contemporary world politics
* the main theories that offer explanations of world politics
* the structures and processes of world politics
* the main issues of contemporary world politics.
Each chapter is written by a leading specialist in the field, and uses diagrams, boxes, and discussion points extensively, making this an extremely reader-friendly student text. Each chapter has a guide to further reading and ends with a series of questions.
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Professor John Baylis is Reader in International Politics, University of Aberystwyth. He is the co-editor of Dilemmas of World Politics (OUP, 1991).
Professor Steve Smith is Professor of International Politics, University of Aberystwyth. He is the editor of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations series.
"An innovative text that looks at many of the most important global issues of the late twentieth century through a variety of theoretical lenses. Departing from the more traditional single-authored introductory text, readers are exposed to a variety of leading scholars in the field. A forward-looking text that moves beyond looking at international politics in terms of the aftermath of the cold war to one which examines global processes and their impact on what will likely be the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century. Grounded in a historical context that goes back to the beginning of the century, The Globalization of World Politics highlights issues, such as nationalism, gender, and culture, which have all too often been peripheral to the discipline, as well as more traditional concerns such as world trade, international organization, and national security.--J. Ann Tickner, University of Southern California
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