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Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World

Fifth Edition


June 2024 | 592 pages | CQ Press

IR: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Changing World invites students to participate in international relations debates by providing a clear introduction to not just what happens, but why and how it happens. Assuming no prior knowledge about international relations, award-winning teachers and scholars James M. Scott, Yasemin Akbaba, Ralph G. Carter, and A. Cooper Drury meet students where they are and provide them with a framework to make sense of the complicated events and interactions of world politics. 

Thoroughly updated, the Fifth Edition incorporates new theoretical perspectives, coverage of important events and trends of recent years, and current data and research.

 
Chapter 1. World Politics: Seeking Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in a Complicated World
 
Part I. Theory and Practice
 
Chapter 2. The Players and the Playing Field: Anarchy, States, and Non-state Actors
 
Chapter 3. Powerful Ideas: Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism
 
Chapter 4. Alternative Perspectives on International Relations
 
Part II. International Security
 
Chapter 5. Understanding Conflict: The Nature and Causes of Conflict and War
 
Chapter 6. Seeking Security: Managing Conflict and War
 
Chapter 7. Building Peace: Structures of Cooperation
 
Part III. Economic Security
 
Chapter 8. The Pursuit of Economic Security: Trade, Finance, and Integration
 
Chapter 9. Economic Statecraft: Sanctions, Aid, and Their Consequences
 
Chapter 10. International Development: Relations Between the Haves and Have-Nots
 
Part IV. Human Security
 
Chapter 11. Human Rights: People, Human Security, and World Politics
 
Chapter 12. Managing the Global Commons: Whose Responsibility?
 
Chapter 13. Transnational Advocacy Networks: Changing the World?
 
Part V. Looking Ahead
 
Chapter 14. Security, Prosperity, and Quality of Life in the Balance: Future Directions and Challenges
 
Appendix of World Maps
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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"A comprehensive and well-thought-out book for Introduction to International Relations that includes rich features beyond just text."

Marni Berg
Colorado State University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • An expanded focus on critical and post-colonial perspectives throughout the text and particularly in Chapter 4 highlights the significance of colonial legacies and identity-based oppression.
  • Throughout the text, chapter features are updated or replaced to be timely and current. Topical revisions and updates strengthen the coverage and relevance of the text, including changing global power and leadership, challenges to international order, new and ongoing world conflicts including the Ukraine War, and global issues including climate and health.
  • New coauthor Yasemin Akbaba brings new perspective and expertise to the text.
  • New and updated tables, charts, maps, and photographs illustrate important political events and players and bring concepts to life for today’s students.
KEY FEATURES:
  • This book is available through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class.
  • The authors' student-friendly, clear writing style makes international relations concepts approachable and manageable for undergraduate students.
  • A concise organizational structure that can fit into a typical semester provides students with a foundational understanding of international relations complimented by a rich array of relevant examples that stimulate classroom discussion.
  • A thematic approach revolving around the challenges of anarchy, diversity, and complexity unifies the chapters and enables instructors to easily incorporate current events into the course.
  • The authors apply a theoretical lens throughout the entire book and clearly tie theory to real-world behaviors and policies.
  • Authors stress a problem-based approach to issues of world politics – each example is structured around an explanation, a meaning, and implication that helps frame our understanding around each event.
  • Learning objectives at the start of each chapter guide students through their studies and are incorporated into end-of-chapter features to ensure each objective is met.
  • A series of unique pedagogical tools throughout the text help students learn and teachers teach.
    • Chapter-opening vignettes create excitement for international relations and prepare students for the material that follows.
    • The Revenge of Geography illustrates how geography and borders can influence international relations.
    • Theory in Action examples simplify concepts by demonstrating how the ideas of real people are directly translated into current policy and action.
    • Foreign Policy in Perspective discussions illuminate the motivations and behaviors behind the political actors of the world—exploring their pursuit for international, economic, and human security.
    • Spotlight On stories provide additional clarification on topics that are more difficult to understand by taking a closer look at the concept and connecting it to thought-provoking case studies that emphasize the issue's importance.
    • Think About This problems and puzzles encourage active reading and reinforce important concepts by asking students to analyze a variety of situations and “solve” international problems.
    • Key Concepts provide a study aid for students to master the chapter goals. These summaries are tied to chapter learning objectives and help students focus on core content.
    • Review Questions prompt critical thinking and encourage classroom discussion.
    • For More Information… provides students with recommendation for further individual study.

II. Chapter-Specific Changes

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Preface:

 

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Updating as noted above in summary (integrate race and post-colonial issues into the historical-developmental narrative); clarification of foundational concepts (anarchy, security dilemma); amplified discussion of diversity among states and other actors and to highlight “change” in the system and world politics; strengthened chapter/text themes and “evolution/change” structure of chapter; new/revised/updated opening vignette, art, tables and figures, updated data/evidence; new/revised/updated feature boxes; updated and/or replaced “Spotlight On” boxes strategically with new material

 

 

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