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Understanding International Relations (5th Edition)

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The fifth edition of this bestselling textbook offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to International relations and has been fully updated to cover the dramatic changes in recent world politics. Written in the...

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The fifth edition of this bestselling textbook offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to International relations and has been fully updated to cover the dramatic changes in recent world politics. Written in the author’s unique and engaging style, the text explores everything from foreign policy and security to global governance and the global economy, to show how the theories and concepts Brown outlines are the only way to make sense of contemporary issues and events. With reference to such diverse events as Brexit, the Russian armed conflict in Ukraine, the financial crisis, the rise of China, and the challenges of identity politics, the author expertly shows how the range of theories presented in the book allow for an understanding of the destabilising events and developments that characterise global politics today, and will continue to do so in the future. This text remains the definitive guide to understanding international relations, and is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students of international relations at any stage of their studies.

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  • Perennially used to introduce the subject with a zest, pace and sense of fun that is unique.
  • Offers a comprehensive literature review that is well established and highly regarded by students and lecturers alike.
  • Introduces all the main theoretical approaches and illustrates their relevance to understanding key aspects of politics across the globe.



  • Thoroughly updated to showcase the breadth of the latest research and key thinkers in international relations theory.
  • New chapters that address the development of human rights and international criminal law, as well as a sophisticated and up-to-date analysis of the current state of world politics.


1. Introduction: Defining International Relations
2. The Development of International Relations Theory in the Twentieth Century
3. International Relations Theory Today
4. Agency, Structure and the State
5. Power and Security
6. The Balance of Power and War
7. Global Governance
8. The Global Economy
9. Globalization
10. The International Politics of Identity
11. International Relations and the Individual
12. International (Dis)Order Today?
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CHRIS BROWN is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has published extensively on International Relations Theory, international political theory, and was previously Chair of the British International Studies Association and, at LSE, Head of the Department of International Relations.


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CHRIS BROWN is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has published extensively on International Relations Theory, international political theory, and was previously Chair of the British International Studies Association and, at LSE, Head of the Department of International Relations.


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