A contemporary, problem-oriented approach to international relations.
Why are there wars? Why do countries struggle to cooperate 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.
In the Second Edition, two new chapters—one on civil war and terrorism and one on international law—bring the book’s successful approach to additional topics. Added features stress real-world applications and provide extensive study and review help, making the authors’ analytical approach even more accessible and engaging.
About the Author
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 (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; and he is 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. He is the author, most recently, of Hierarchy in International Relations. 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 ten volumes and author of over 80 articles and book chapters on international relations, international political economy, and American foreign policy.
Kenneth A. Schultz is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His research examines international conflict and conflict resolution, with a 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, given by the International Studies Association, and a 2011 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, awarded by Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences.
This is one of the best single volume texts on international relations out there. It is theoretically driven and largely absent much of the pontificating most critics see (or look for) in scholarly work. If you want bias or political opinion in your class room, this is the wrong place to look. The authors present challenging theories in the form of: rational choice; game dynamics; demographic and environmental shifts; conflict; socio-economics; and trade. All of the theory, while difficult to digest at first glance, is discussed in text with an historical example that walks the reader through the logic of the argument. This is a strong book for an introduction international relations class. Highly recommended.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 579 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Second Edition edition (September 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393912388
- ISBN-13: 978-0393912388
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches