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A contemporary analytical approach to international relations―written at a level that introductory students can grasp.Why are there wars? Why do countries have a hard time cooperating to prevent genocides or global environmental problems? Why are some countries rich while others are poor? Organized around the puzzles that draw scholars and students alike to the study of world politics, this book gives students the tools they need to think analytically about compelling questions like these.
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Jeffry A. Frieden is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. Frieden is the author of Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Politics and (with Menzie Chinn) of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery. His previous books include Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century; Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965–1985; and Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance. He is also the co-author or co-editor of many other books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general interest publications.
David A. Lake is the Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is, most recently, the author of Hierarchy in International Relations. His other books include Entangling Relations: American Foreign Policy in Its Century and Power, Protection and Free Trade: International Sources of U.S. Commercial Strategy, 1887–1939. In addition, he is co-editor of 10 volumes and author of over 80 articles and book chapters on international relations, international political economy, and American foreign policy. He is Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at UCSD. In 2013, he received the UCSD’s Chancellor’s Associates Awards for Excellence in Research in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Kenneth A. Schultz is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His research examines international conflict and conflict resolution, with particular focus on the domestic political influences on foreign policy choices. He is the author of Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He received the 2003 Karl Deutsch Award from the International Studies Association, and the 2011 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching from Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences.Review:
“The chapter on international financial relations has made a complex topic very accessible.”
- Andrew Cortell, Lewis & Clark College
“The best international relations textbook that I’ve used. A well-organized and rigorous approach to the topic which introduces students to strategic bargaining and game theoretical concepts in a way that is accessible for all.”
- Andrew Konitzer, Samford University
“Frieden, Lake, and Schultz provide an introductory textbook that offers an integrated framework for analysis and exposes students to cutting-edge research in international relations, while remaining easily readable and accessible to students. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching with it.”
- Ashley Leeds, Rice University
“Much, much better than the other options I have considered. This book gets away from the stale debate between contending 'Isms' and makes it much easier to tell students about current research.”
- Benjamin Fordham, Binghamton University
“This book looks much better than any of the others I’ve seen.”
- Chad Rector, George Washington University
“I love the capstone chapter. How can I sum up a semester? This chapter shows me how. I like the way it weaves theory and history together with policy and normative concerns to address questions about probable futures. It provides an innovative and satisfying conclusion to a very interesting and promising approach.”
- Darren Hawkins, Brigham Young University
“Head and shoulders above anything else out there.”
- David Leblang, University of Virginia
“I think the framework is an excellent one for an introductory text. Indeed, I will certainly use the book in my course for this reason.”
- Glenn Palmer, Pennsylvania State University
“An outstanding text overall. This text is an improvement on other books and will be welcomed by many.”
- Idean Salehyan, University of North Texas
“More analytically rigorous than some current texts, but also one that is written at a level that students in an introductory course can follow.”
- Layna Mosley, University of North Carolina,Chapel Hill
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