International Relations, 2008-2009 Update, Brief Edition, 4th Edition
©2009 |Pearson | Out of print
Joshua S. Goldstein, American University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Jon C. Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison
©2009 |Pearson | Out of print
From war, trade, and development to terrorism, human rights, and the environment, this text focuses on all of the major issues in international security and political economy as well as transnational issues. With the broadest discussion of theoretical perspectives, the most current coverage of international events, and the strongest emphasis on critical thinking, International Relations includes all the tools students need to engage the discipline’s concepts and to understand what is happening in the world today. Joshua Goldstein and Jon Pevehouse’s lively writing, abundant visuals, and seamless integration of learning technology make this text a favorite of instructors and students alike.
"A terrific introduction to world politics; the most engaging and well-organized introductory text that I've seen."—Richard Herrmann, Ohio State University
Balanced emphasis on international security and international political economy. Goldstein/Pevehouse is the only text that equally covers security and economic issues and illustrates how these issues overlap and affect each other.
Historical context throughout the text. To place recent trends in the context of the international system’s evolution in the 20th and 21st centuries, Chapter 1 presents a brief historical survey. Also, timelines throughout the text provide historical context when needed.
“Policy Perspectives” boxes ask students to take the perspective of a national leader faced with a real-world situation and to develop a policy in response. These boxes bridge theory to policy problems and reveal both the tradeoffs inherent to decision-making and the interconnectedness of foreign and domestic politics.
The most extensive use of illustrations. The numerous four-color figures, tables, photos, and maps enliven the text’s narrative, make abstract concepts more concrete, and facilitate critical thinking. The figures and tables present and clarify quantitative data so students can scrutinize the implications of different theories and policies for themselves. The photos and in-depth captions highlight important points and reinforce main themes. The maps, integrated throughout the text and in a mini-atlas placed at the text’s beginning, help students learn basic geography and link politics, economics, and culture to place.
Integrated study guide. Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary, list of key terms, critical thinking questions, and a reminder to try the practice tests on the text’s companion website.
Unique text/technology learning system. The five marginal icons in International Relations, described below, lead to exercises and resources on the text’s open-access companion website (www.irtext.com). The website includes a custom search feature referenced by page number or key text, chapter summaries, and:
For instructors, the companion website also has links to downloadable instructor supplements like the Instructor’s Resource Manual/Test Bank and PowerPoint Presentations and recommendations for additional videos and simulations and for using International Relations with Longman’s many international relations readers and casebooks.
The most up-to-date analysis of world affairs available in any introductory text helps students become more informed of political, economic, and cultural events throughout the world and then go beyond the headlines to see the broader patterns in international relations. The 2008-2009 Update now includes coverage of recent events in Pakistan, Kosovo, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, North Korea, Afghanistan, and the European Union; tables and figures updated with the latest data, and many new photos from the world’s hotspots.
A new insert on Oxfam is exclusive to the 2008-2009 Update. “Advancing the Global South: A Rights-Based Approach to Development” is written for this text by one of the leading NGOs in the field of international development and comes straight from Oxfam’s experience of working in the world’s poorest countries. Unified by the concept of human rights as the basis of development and approached from local and global levels of analysis, this section covers seven major topics areas–poverty, natural resources, peace and security, equality of women, indigenous and minority rights, trade, and foreign aid. Each topic includes a conceptual discussion, human-scale case study, and photos to help students understand and engage with the Global South.
Deeper coverage of globalization and transnational issues addresses the increasing number of personal connections that international relations brings into daily life as well as the importance of nongovernmental actors and transnational processes. Globalization is now the central theme of Chapter 1, and it is frequently returned to in later chapters. In addition, there is significantly expanded coverage of terrorism in Chapter 4, human rights in Chapter 6, and global poverty in the new insert on Oxfam.
Text-wide discussion of three core principles—dominance, reciprocity, and identity—offers students a new way to follow several of the most central concepts in the text and in the discipline and to grapple with the collective goods problem, the recurring challenge in international relations. Described in Chapter 1 and then consistently raised throughout the text, these theoretical principles can help unify and make sense of the many day-to-day events that make up international relations.
“The Big Picture” box and podcast identify the essential lesson in each chapter for students to focus their learning on. The box in the text guides students’ reading, and in the podcast, the authors expand on the issue and show how it plays out in a recent case. The podcast is available on www.irtext.com.
Revised “Policy Perspectives” boxes cover new world leaders and now include a new section—“Domestic Considerations”—to illustrate the impact of domestic politics on international relations. The 2008-2009 Update includes three new “Policy Perspectives” boxes on Manmohan Singh and India’s fluid security policy, Victor Yuschenko and his work to balance voter desires and national interests, and Hu Jintao and the growth of the Chinese economy.
A new design and more figures and maps facilitate the text’s pedagogical goals by helping students see the meaning and application of key concepts.
The new MyPoliSciKit for International Relations This premium online learning resource features multimedia and interactive activities to help students make connections between concepts and current events. The book-specific assessment, video case studies, role-playing simulations, mapping exercises, Financial Times newsfeeds, and politics blog encourage comprehension and critical thinking. With Grade Tracker, instructors can easily follow students’ work on the site and their progress on each activity. MyPoliSciKit is available at no additional charge when packaged with this book. To learn more, please visit www.mypoliscikit.com or contact your Pearson representative.
Chapter 1. The Globalization of International Relations
Chapter 2. Power Politics
Chapter 3. Alternatives to Power PoliticsChapter 4. Conflict, War, and Terrorism
Chapter 6. International Organization, Law, and Human Rights
Chapter 7. North-South Relations
Chapter 8. Environment and Technology
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Joshua S. Goldstein
is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at American University, Nonresident Sadat Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland's CIDCM, and Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Jon C. Pevehouse is Associate Professor at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.
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