International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues eBook (13e) : 9780134490762

International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues eBook (13e)

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About the book: International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues has been helping students effectively understand politics under governments and beyond for over 40 years. Scholarly articles on essential topics illustrate fundamental debates and differing points of view for a comprehensive and engaging overview of the discipline, while introducing students to the major forces shaping the world today.  

The Thirteenth Edition still employs the book’s cornerstone approach of teaching international politics through relevant scholarship that illustrates its theoretical concepts. This edition, however, contains 27% new material spread across each of the book’s four parts. Organizational changes and new information have been added throughout to expand the reader’s introduction to this broad and ever changing field.

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Table of contents
  • Part I: Anarchy and Its Consequences 
  • 1. Power, Principle, and Legitimacy in Statecraft
  • 2. The Meaning of Anarchy 
  • 3. Strategic Interaction in Anarchy
  • 4. The Mitigation of Anarchy 
  • Part II: The Uses of Force 
  • 5. The Political Uses of Force
  • 6. The Utility of Force Today 
  • 7. The Nuclear Future 
  • Part III: International Political Economy and Globalization 
  • 8. Perspectives on Political Economy 
  • 9. Globalization Today
  • 10. Fixing the World Political Economy 
  • Part IV: Contemporary Issues in World Politics 
  • 11. Interstate War and Terrorism
  • 12. Civil Wars, Human Rights, Regime Change, and Humanitarian Intervention 
  • 13. Transnational Actors and New Forces 
  • 14. The Global Commons and Global Governance 
  • 15. The Shape of the Future
Features & benefits

International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues contains the following features to facilitate learning


Teaches students the core concepts of international politics through scholarly articles

  • The selection of readings encompasses the essential topics in introductory international politics.
  • Individual readings are mainly analytical in content, take issue with one another, and introduce students to the fundamental debates and points of view in the field.
  • Editor’s Introductions to each part summarise the central concepts students must master, organise the central themes of each part, and relate the readings to one another.
  • The book can be used as the core of an introductory course or a primary supplement to enrich an assigned text.


UPDATED! New information and selections have been added and reorganised throughout to keep the text up to date

  • NEW! 17 of the book’s 62 selections are new.
  • NEW! A subsection on “Strategic Interaction in Anarchy” has been added to part I
  • UPDATED! The readings on civil wars, human rights, intervention, and international law have been consolidated into one section since the last edition.
  • NEW! Two sets of questions now appear throughout the text. One set contains 62 questions that appear at the end of each corresponding selection and help students understand its central argument. The second set contains only 4 questions--one for each of the text’s four parts that helps the reader tie together all of its readings.
  • NEW! Part I contains three new selections: the first is by Joseph Nye on the nature of power in international relations, the second is by John Mearsheimer on anarchy and the struggle for power, and the third is by Thomas Schelling on game theory.
  • NEW! Part II contains three new selections: the first is by Audrey Cronin on ISIS; the second is by Robert Jervis on losing control in crises involving nuclear armed states; the third is by Henry Sokolski on various scenarios of what the nuclear future might bring.
  • NEW! Part III contains five new selections: the first is by Dale Copeland on the relationship between economic interdependence and the likelihood of war; the second is by Richard Rosecrance on the diffusion of power and its effects; the third is by Erik Brynjolfsson on whether labor or capital does better in the global economy; the fourth is by Erik Heilleiner on global financial governance; and the fifth is by Joseph Stiglitz on a new global reserve system to replace the role of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
  • NEW! Part IV contains six new selections: the first is by Michael Mazarr on the failed state paradigm; the second includes excerpts from Pope Francis’ “Encyclical on the Environment”; the third is an updated piece by Adam Roberts and Dominik Zaum on the United Nations Security Council; the fourth is by Patrick Stewart on what is often called “multi-multilateralism”, or governance produced by many disparate but interweaving international institutions; the fifth is an essay by Stephen Walt on the future of the European Union; and the sixth is an imagined snapshot of the future by Randall Schweller.
  • The text takes into account major shifts in international politics that have occurred over the past four decades while maintaining a strong distinction between international and domestic politics.
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