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Understanding International Relations (4th Edition)

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15 April 2009

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The fourth edition of this well-established and popular introductory textbook has been updated to cover recent developments in the field of International Relations and world events, whilst still navigating the complexities...

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The fourth edition of this well-established and popular introductory textbook has been updated to cover recent developments in the field of International Relations and world events, whilst still navigating the complexities of the discipline for new students. Brown and Ainley provide systematic coverage of the classical concerns of International Relations theory - power, national interest, foreign policy and war - alongside analysis of the impact of globalization on security, governance and the world economy.

The authors actively avoid using a singular theoretical lens to conduct their survey, instead evaluating and using many throughout this book to further illustrate the nuances of the discipline. This is all while  maintaining the focus on the discipline’s focus on real world events, with case studies ranging from the recent rise of China and Russia to the global economic downturn, to teach students how the discipline can be applied to understanding the central and difficult questions that the world faces today.

Clear and accessible, but also critical and penetrating, this book is an essential text for undergraduate International Relations students today.

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  • Comprehensively revised and updated edition of a bestselling text
  • Introduces all the main theoretical approaches and shows their relevance to understanding key aspects of world politics
  • Exceptionally lively and readable style 

  • New chapter on the consequences of a multi-polar world upon the discipline
  • New material on agency-structure debate
  • Comprehensive coverage of the International Criminal Court
  • Updated lists of external reading and resources

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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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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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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