Understanding International Relations

Paperback | May 15, 2009

byChris Brown, Kirsten Ainley

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The 4th edition of this best-selling text provides a lively introduction to International Relations theory. It has been comprehensively updated throughout and has new chapters on agency, structure and the state in IR and the emerging shape of 21st century international politics.

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The 4th edition of this best-selling text provides a lively introduction to International Relations theory. It has been comprehensively updated throughout and has new chapters on agency, structure and the state in IR and the emerging shape of 21st century international politics.

CHRIS BROWN is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.KIRSTEN AINLEY is Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.05 × 0.66 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230213111

ISBN - 13:9780230213111

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Table of Contents

Defining International Relations
The Development of IR Theory in the Twentieth Century
International Relations Theory Today
Agency, Structure and the State
Power and Security
The Balance of Power and War
Global Governance
The Global Economy
Globalization
The International Politics of Identity
International Relations and the Individual: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian War
The Emerging Shape of 21st Century International Politics

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Reviews of previous editions"It is entirely characteristic that Chris Brown's text is unlike anybody else's; it is equally characteristic that it is written with a zest, a pace and a sense of fun that is sadly missing from much of the discipline as a whole. Students - and their teachers - will gain a great deal from it. They will also have a good time!" - N.J. Rengger, Political Studies"Understanding International Relations is a very appealing book... The text succeeds in giving a clear account of all the main theoretical possibilities and, in a non-judgemental but not uncritical way, setting them in context... I can think of no book more likely to succeed in persuading a sceptical undergraduate - someone convinced of the existence of a self-evident world of facts - that not only is a knowledge of theory necessary to understand international relations, but it is fun." - James Mayall, Review of International Studies