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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Global Politics

ISBN 9781137349262
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Foundations Series

The extensively revised new edition of Global Politics provides a systematic and integrated analysis of the theory and practice of contemporary international relations.

Written with outstanding clarity and drawing on an exceptionally wide range of theoretical perspectives throughout, each chapter is packed with innovative features to aid study and reinforce learning:

• Full-page case studies of Global Politics in Action, the majority entirely new to this edition, look behind the headlines to illuminate major events in world affairs
• Global Actor case studies consider the nature and significance of key players on the world stage, from Google to the G-20
• Focus and Debating features look closer at issues and approaches to promote critical thinking
• Photographs and biographies of influential theorists introduce the people, as well as the ideas, that have shaped the subject.

This second edition is fully updated to cover key developments, from the Arab Spring to the global financial crisis, and provides enhanced coverage of issues like international migration. An entirely new chapter on theory at the end of the book revisits key perspectives, and addresses deeper questions about the nature and purpose of theory in international relations.

Andrew Heywood is author of such best-selling textbooks as Politics, Political Theory and Political Ideologies used by hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

1. Introducing Global Politics
2. Historical Context
3. Theories of Global Politics
4. The Economy in a Global Age
5. The State and Foreign Policy in a Global Age
6. Society in a Global Age
7. The Nation in a Global Age
8. Identity, Culture and Challenges to the West
9. Power and Twenty-First Century Global Order
10. War and Peace
11. Nuclear Proliferation and Disarmament
12. Transnational Terrorism
13. Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention
14. International Law 
15. Poverty and Development
16. Global Environmental Issues
17. Gender in Global Politics 
18. International Organization, the UN and Global Governance
19. Global Economic Governance 
20. Regionalism and World Politics
21. Why Theory Matters.


Excellent! A first-rate text which I look forward to using in class. Rich in themes, comprehensive in scope and beautifully woven together with illuminating theoretical threads, it introduces IR but also moves beyond and its innovative lay-out will fire students' imagination.' - Torbjørn L Knutsen, University of Trondheim (NTNU), Norway
'The second edition of Global Politics shows once again that Heywood is the master of the introductory text.' - Richard Stubbs, McMaster University, Canada
'This updated second edition maintains the standard of the first as an invaluable teaching aid for our first year IR students. The topical case studies and international perspective are particularly impressive.' - Nick Bisley, La Trobe University, Australia
'This is a first rate textbook which offers a sure-footed theoretical and empirical guide through the labyrinth of contemporary international relations. It is highly user-friendly. The new edition incorporates crucial new material on tectonic shifts in the Middle East and North Africa.'- Jolyon Howorth, Yale University, USA
'[T]he most comprehensive, theoretically and historically-informed introductory text available.' - Jacqui True, University of Auckland, New Zealand
'Truly global without neglecting the international. Comprehensive, theoretically grounded and impressively integrated, Heywood's thoughtful and clearly-written introduction has the potential to change how international relations is taught.' - Terry Nardin, National University of Singapore, Singapore
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