Global Politics: A New Introduction

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The third edition of Global Politics: A New Introduction continues to provide a completely original way of teaching and learning about world politics. The book engages directly with the issues in global politics that students are most interested in, helping them to understand the key questions and theories and also to develop a critical and inquiring perspective.

Completely revised and updated throughout, the third edition offers up-to-date examples engaging with the latest developments in global politics, including the Syrian war and the refugee crisis, fossil fuel divestment, racism and Black Lives Matter, citizen journalism, populism, and drone warfare.

Global Politics:

  • examines the most significant issues in global politics – from war, peacebuilding, terrorism, security, violence, nationalism and authority to poverty, development, postcolonialism, human rights, gender, inequality, ethnicity and what we can do to change the world;
  • offers chapters written to a common structure, which is ideal for teaching and learning, and features a key question, an illustrative example, general responses and broader issues;
  • integrates theory and practice throughout the text, by presenting theoretical ideas and concepts in conjunction with a global range of historical and contemporary case studies.

Drawing on theoretical perspectives from a broad range of disciplines, including international relations, political theory, postcolonial studies, sociology, geography, peace studies and development, this innovative textbook is essential reading for all students of global politics and international relations.

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"I recently read Global Politics: A New Introduction - I loved how each chapter asks a question before provoking offshoots of more questions departing from the first. I also enjoyed the real life scenarios, and the chance to understand the responses to these scenarios and to think about the questions raised within the chapter in relation to each scenario. I loved how you take complex ideas and theories and make them appear so simple and understandable." - Sabur Zeenat, Masters student at Leicester University, UK

"This is the book that gets students reading, thinking and talking! It poses the questions central to the practices of global politics and pushes the boundaries of how we understand those processes. Crucially it encourages us to rethink about what constitutes the 'global' and what 'politics' involves." - Stephen Hobden, University of East London, UK

"I have been using this book for undergraduate teaching since the first edition was published. This newest edition has made a good thing even better. Using up-to-date illustrative examples, the chapters offer theoretically-rich, innovative yet accessible introductions to key ideas in the study of global politics. This remarkable volume goes beyond the familiar stories about International Relations, challenging students to think critically not only about the answers, but about the questions we ask about the way the world works." - Fiona Robinson, Carleton University, Canada.

"What counts as global politics? Whose lives matter? How are you involved? Edkins & Zehfuss powerfully illustrate that there are no easy answers and that details are important. Every once in a while a book changes the way we see people, places, and practices around us; the third edition of Global Politics: A New Introduction is one of those rare experiences" - Nick Vaughan-Williams, University of Warwick, UK.

"Global Politics’ is the only IR textbook that works outside of the West. Having taught at international universities in Asia and the Middle East, I have seen first-hand how warmly it is received by students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Myanmar, India, China and Japan, among others. This book engages with issues students care about and forces them to think outside of the sanitized and safe box of Western IR theories." - Herman T. Salton, ICU University, Japan

About the Author:

Jenny Edkins is a writer and a Professor in the Politics department at The University of Manchester, UK.

Maja Zehfuss is Professor of International Politics at The University of Manchester, UK.

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