Brown, Chris, 1945-

Understanding international relations / Chris Brown. - Fifth edition. - xi, 308 pages ; 24 cm

Previous edition: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-295) and index.

Preface to the fifth edition -- List of abbreviations. 1 Defining international relations : Introduction -- Perspectives and theories -- Conclusion -- Further reading. 2 The development of international relations theory in the twentieth century : Introduction -- Liberal internationalism and the origins of the discipline -- The "realist" critique of liberal internationalism -- the postwar synthesis -- IR and the behavioural sciences -- Challenges to the realist synthesis -- Pluralism and complex interdependence -- Further reading. 3 International relations theory today : Introduction -- From classical realism to structural realism -- From structural realism to liberal institutionalism -- Constructivism and the "English School" -- Critical international thought -- Feminist theory, gender studies and postcolonialsm -- Conclusion: the end of IR theory? -- Further reading. 4 Agency, structure and the state : Introduction -- The agent-structure problem and levels of analysis -- The state and international relations -- Foreign and domestic policy: agency within the state -- Conclusion: from foreign policy to power -- Further reading. 5 Power and security : Introduction: statecraft, influence and power -- Dimensions of power -- Power, fear and insecurity -- Conclusion: managing insecurity -- Further reading. 6 The balance of power and war : Introduction -- The balance of power -- The political conception of war -- War in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries -- Conclusion: the end of state-centric IR? -- Further reading. 7 Global governance : Introduction: sovereignty, anarchy and global governance -- Functionalism -- Integration theory, federalism and neofunctionalism -- Global economic institutions: Bretton Woods and after -- International regimes and regime theory -- Global governance and (collective) security -- Conclusion -- Further reading. 8 The global economy : Introduction -- The growth of the world economy -- Problems and perspectives -- Structuralism -- The new global economy -- The end of the Global South? -- Conclusion -- Further reading. 9 Globalization : Introduction -- A new economy? -- Neoliberalism and its critics -- new global problems: "Westfailure" and the environment -- Global civil society? -- Further reading. 10 The international politics of identity : Introduction -- Politics in industrial societies -- Identity politics post-1989 -- Globalization and postindustrial society -- Democracy promotion, Asian values and the "clash of civilizations" -- Pluralism and international society -- Conclusion -- Further reading. 11 The individual and international relations : Introduction -- Human rights -- International criminal law -- The juridification of world politics? -- Humanitarian intervention -- Sovereignty as responsibility and the responsibility to protect -- Conclusion -- Further reading. 12 International (dis)order today : Introduction -- The central system -- The rise of "populism" -- Terrorism and the Islamic State -- Reasons to be cheerful -- Conclusion -- Further reading. Bibliography -- Index.

From Brexit and Trump, to the continued rise of China and armed conflict in Ukraine, how can we understand the unprecedented and destabilizing events shaping world politics today? The author offers a comprehensive introduction to theories of International Relations, explaining how such theories can help us understand historical and contemporary world politics. The text explores everything from foreign policy and security to global governance and global economy.

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International relations.
International relations.
Politics and Government.

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