International Relations and World Politics: Security, Economy, Identity

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For undergraduate-level courses in international relations or world politics.

 

 International Relations and World Politics structures itself around three basic conceptual perspectives: realism, liberalism/pluralism, and globalism; three broad concepts: security, economy, and identity; and three key trends: globalization, interdependence, and crises of authority to improve students’ conceptual and theoretical thinking about international relations.

 

Paul R. Viotti and Mark V. Kauppi wrote this book because they believe it is possible and essential to improve a student’s conceptual and theoretical thinking about international relations. If one does not think conceptually, a course in world politics threatens to become little more than current events. Hence, they structured the book in such a way that key concepts, themes, and trends are utilized throughout the discussion of various topics.

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"Viotti and Kauppi have produced a very readable, comprehensive, and well-balanced text. The writing is current, clear, focused and well-organized. The treatment of the theoretical aspects and applications of the theory show that a great deal of care was taken to ensure that the students reinforce the concepts they are reading about with real life examples."—Larry Marinez, California State University, Long Beach



"Excellent chapter on terrorism and transnational crime, a very timely topic that is not included in many world politics texts."—Roxanne L. Doty, Arizona State University

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International Relations and World Politics: Security, Economy, Identity, Second Edition, by Paul R. Viotti and and Mark V. Kauppi, connects the concepts, theories, and events of international relations to the lives of students like no other text. Beginning with a clear and concise historical review and concluding with current topics such as global environmental concerns and human rights, Viotti and Kauppi clearly show the students how international relations does influence each of them in their daily lives. Known for their clear explanation of theory, the authors challenge their students to apply the theoretical concepts that they have learned throughout the book. Through vivid and current examples, a lively and jargon-free writing style, and a complete collection of study aids both in the text and on the web site, Viotti and Kauppi have created an exciting text that students will both read and relate to.

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