International Politics On The World Stage

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byJohn Rourke

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One of the leading texts on the IR market, John Rourke&#39s International Politics on the World Stage provides a balanced and comprehensive study of international relations that combines theory, history, and current trends and events. The modern international system, a background history of how it evolved in its present form, as well as transformations that are shaping the 21st century are presented in a straightforward, accessible discussion, without undermining the complexity of world political issues. The text lives up to its reputation of including the latest events and developments of the world stage. Rourke discusses political theory, including contemporary approaches such as constructivism and postmodernism, in the opening chapter. He brings theoretical concepts to life with illustrative examples taken from major current world events, so students see how theory plays out in the real world.

The text covers major issues of the twenty-first century, such as the structure of the modern state in the international system, globalisation and the political economy, global security, the rise of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations, human rights, and the environment. These topics linked through the chapters in the text give students a grasp of the underlying patterns in world politics, so that they can interpret events they see on the evening news or on the Internet. As in previous editions, the text shows students how politics affects our everyday lives and emphasizes the importance of being politically aware, making informed decisions, and taking responsible action.

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One of the leading texts on the IR market, John Rourke&#39s International Politics on the World Stage provides a balanced and comprehensive study of international relations that combines theory, history, and current trends and events. The modern international system, a background history of how it evolved in its present form, as well a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.9 × 8 × 0.8 inPublished:December 6, 2007Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I. Studying World Politics

Chapter 1. Thinking and Caring about World Politics

Previewing the Global Drama

Global Actors: Meet the Cast

The Importance of World Politics to Each of Us

World Politics and Your Finances
World Politics and Your Living Space
World Politics and Your Life
You Can Make a Difference

Thinking Theoretically: Putting Events in Context

Realist Theory
Liberal Theory
Postmodernist, Feminist, and Economic Theories
Constructivist Theory
Assessing Theories

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Boxes: Debate the Policy Script: Applying Theory to Policy

Get Involved: Connect With a Student-Oriented Political/Civic Organisation

Chapter 2. The Evolution of World Politics

The Evolving World System: Early Development

Ancient Greece and Rome
After the Fall of Rome, A.D. 476 to 1700
The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

The Evolving World System: The Twentieth Century

The Eclipse of the Multipolar System
The Cold War and the Bipolar System

The Twenty-First Century: The Genesis of a New System

The Polar Power Structure in the Twenty-First Century
Other Power Changes in the Twenty-First Century
Global Economics in the Twenty-First Century
Quality of Life in the Twenty-First Century

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Is Preemptive War Good Policy?

Chapter 3. Levels of Analysis and Foreign Policy

Individual-Level Analysis

Humans as a Species
Organizational Behavior
Leaders and Their Individual Traits
Policy as a Mix of Rational and Irrational Factors

State-Level Analysis

Making Foreign Policy: Type of Government, Situation, and Policy
Making Foreign Policy: Political Culture
Foreign Policy-Making Actors

System-Level Analysis

Structural Characteristics
Power Relationships
Economic Realities

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Who Should Decide on War?

Part II: Political Orientations on the World Stage

Chapter 4. Nationalism: The Traditional Orientation

Understanding Nations, Nationalism, and Nation-States

Nations, Nationalism, and Nation-States Defined

The Rise and Ascendancy of Nationalism

Nationalism in Practice: Issues and Evaluation
Nation-States: More Myth Than Reality
Positive and Negative Aspects of Nationalism
Self-Determination as a Goal

Nationalism and the Future

The Recent Past and Present of Nationalism
The Future of Nationalism

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box Debate the Policy Script: Should There Be a Limit to Self-Determination?

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box Debate the Policy Script: Should There Be a Limit to Self-Determination?

Chapter 5. Globalism: The Alternative Orientation



Factors Accelerating Globalisation
Globalisation of Transportation and Communications
Economic Globalisation
Cultural Globalisation
Evaluating Globalisation


Transnational Organisations
Regional Transnationalism
Cultural Transnationalism
Transnational Religion
Islam and the World
Transnational Movements
The Future of Transnationalism

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Get Involved: Join an NGO

Part III: Organisational Structures of the Actors

Chapter 6. National States: The Traditional Structure

The Nature and Purpose of the State

The State Defined
Purposes of the State

How States Are Governed

Authoritarian Government
Democratic Government

The Future of Democracy

The Possibility of Spreading Democracy

States and the Future

The State: Changing Status
The State: The Indictment
The State: The Defense
The State: The Verdict

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Get Involved: The Future of Tibet

Chapter 7. Intergovernmental Organisation: Alternative Governance

An Overview of Intergovernmental Organisations

The Origins of IGOs
The Growth of IGOs
Roles that IGOs Play

Global IGOs: Focus on the United Nations

Membership and Voting
Administration and Finance
Activities of the UN and Other IGOs
Evaluating Global IGOs

Regional IGOs: Focus on the European Union

The Origins and Evolution of the European Union
Government of the European Union
The Future of the EU
Structure, Rules, and Related Issues

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Santa or Scrooge: The United States and the UN Budget

Part IV: Approaches to Conduct on the World Stage

Chapter 8. National Power and Statecraft: The Traditional Approach

The Complex Nature of Power

Characteristics of Power
Measuring Power

The Foundation of National Power

The National Geography
National Infrastructure

Military Power

Measuring Military Power
Military Power: Debating How Much

Economic Power

Financial Position
Natural Resources
Industrial Output
Agricultural Output

The Military Instrument

Applying Force from Intimidation to Attack
The Effectiveness of Force

The Economic Instrument

Economic Incentives
Economic Sanctions

The Diplomatic Instrument

The Context of Diplomacy
Diplomacy as a Communications Process
Conducting Diplomacy

The Informational Instrument

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Is Immigration a Solution to Demographic Graying?

Chapter 9. International Law and Justice: An Alternative Approach

Fundamentals of International Law and Justice

The Primitive Nature of International Law
The Growth of International Law
The Practice of International Law
The Fundamentals of International Justice

The International Legal System

The Philosophical Roots of Law
How International Law Is Made
Adherence to the Law
Adjudication of the Law

Applying International Law and Justice

Law and Justice in a Multicultural World
States, War, and International Law
Applying International Law and Justice to Individuals
The Pragmatic Application of Law and Justice
The Future of International Law and Justice

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Would You Kill This Baby?

Part V: Pursing Peace

Chapter 10. National Security: The Traditional Road

War and World Politics

The Human Record
The Causes of War: Three Levels of Analysis
The Changing Nature of War
Classifying Warfare


The Nature and Limits of Terrorism
Sources of Terrorism
The Record of Terrorism
Terrorist Weapons and Tactics
The Causes of Terrorism
Combating Terrorism

Unconventional Force

Arms Transfers
Special Operations

Conventional Force

Goals and Conduct of War
Avoiding Unchecked Escalation

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Biological Weapons
Chemical Weapons
Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear Deterrence and Strategy

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Should Women Serve in Combat?

Chapter 11. International Security: The Alternative Road

Thinking about Security

A Tale of Insecurity
Seeking Security

Limited Self&#8211Defense through Arms Control

Methods of Achieving Arms Control
The History of Arms Control
The Barriers to Arms Control

International Security Forces

International Security Forces: Theory and Practice
International Security and the Future

Abolition of War

Complete Disarmament

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Boxes: Get Involved: Adopt a Minefield

Debate the Policy Script: Is &#8220Zero&#8211Nukes&#8221 a Good Goal?

Part VI: Pursuing Prosperity

Chapter 12. National Economic Competition: The Traditional Road

Theories of International Political Economy

Economic Nationalism
Economic Internationalism
Economic Structuralism

The World Economy: Globalisation and Interdependence

International Investment
Monetary Relations

The World Economy: Diverse Circumstances

North&#8211South Patterns
Evaluating the North-South Gap

National Economic Relations

North&#8211North Economic Relations
North&#8211South Economic Relations
South&#8211South Economic Relations
Applied Economic Nationalism
Using Economic Means to Achieve Economic Ends
Using Economic Means to Achieve Political Ends

The Future of Economic Nationalist Policy

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Sanctions on China?

Chapter 13. International Economic Cooperation: The Alternative Road

Economic Cooperation and Development: Background and Requirements

IPE Theory and Cooperation
The Origins of Economic Cooperation

Development in the South

Criteria for Economic Development
Achieving Economic Development

Economic Cooperation and Development: The Institutions

The United Nationals and Economic Cooperation
Trade Cooperation and Development: The WTO
Monetary Cooperation in Support of Development: The IMF
Development Cooperation: The World Bank Group
Economic Cooperation and Development: EDC Institutions

Regional and Bilateral Economic Cooperation and Development

The Western Hemisphere
Asia and the Pacific
Other Regions
Bilateral Trade Agreements

Cooperation and Development: Debating the Future

The Case for Economic Internationalism
The Case for Economic Nationalism
The Globalisation Debate in Perspective

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Economic Nationalism or Economic Internationalism?

Part VII: Pursuing Human Rights and Environmental Viability

Chapter 14. Preserving and Enhancing Human Rights and Dignity

The Nature of Human Rights

Proscriptive and Prescriptive Human Rights
Universal and Culture&#8211Based Rights
Individual and Community Rights

Proscriptive Human Rights

Human Rights: Problems and Progress
Women&#39s Rights
Children&#39s Rights
Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Group Rights
The Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Refugee and Migrant Workers&#39 Rights

Prescriptive Human Rights

Adequate Nutrition
Adequate Health Standards
Basic Education

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Support a Global Bill of Rights?

Chapter 15. Preserving and Enhancing the Biosphere

The Ecological State of the World

Sustainable Development

The Conundrum of Sustainable Development
The Politics of Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development: Population Problems and Progress

Global Recognition of the Population Problem
Approaches to Reducing the Birthrate
The Impact of International Population Control Efforts

Sustainable Development: Resource Problems and Progress

Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Minerals
Forests and Land
The Seas and Fisheries

Sustainable Development: The Environment

Ground Quality
Water Quality
Air Quality
The Ozone Layer
Global Warming

Chapter Summary

Key Terms

Box: Debate the Policy Script: Pay More at the Pump?


World Countries

Dependence on Trade

U.S.&#8211Soviet Bipolarity

The Colonisation and Decolonisation of Africa, 1878, 1914, 2005

Common Colonial Experience of Non-Western Countries

Flows of Oil

The Expansion of NATO

Global Distribution of Minority Groups

500 Years of Russian Expansion



Global Distribution of Minorities

The Gender Gap: Inequalities in Education and Employment

Countries with Muslim Majority Populations

Sovereign States: Duration of Independence

The Former Yugoslavia

State Stability

Political Systems

International Court of Justice

Countries that Are Party to the ICC Treaty

International Conflicts since 1990

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons

Current UN Peacekeeping Missions

Exports of Primary Products

Index of Human Development

Per Capita Water Availability

Potential Global Temperature Change