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Introduction to International Relations


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Preface Chapter 1: Introduction: International Relations in a Globalized World Chapter 2: Theoretical Overview Chapter 3: The Nation-State Level Chapter 4: Within the Nation-State Chapter 5: Nonstate Actors and the International System Chapter 6: Pulling It All Together Glossary Index

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Joyce P. Kaufman is professor of political science and director of the Center for Engagement with Communities at Whittier College. She is the author of A Concise History of U.S. Foreign Policy, now in its fourth edition.


The second edition of Introduction to International Relations: Theory and Practice is a superb textbook-clear, precise, and comprehensive. Among its best features is a highly intelligible presentation of what is meant by theory, which is always a challenge in such courses. The book also is very current with important developments in international relations, such as cyberterrorism. Joyce Kaufman blends together ideas and case material in a seamless manner to offer an outstanding introduction to international relations. -Patrick James, Dornsife Dean's Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California -- Patrick James, Dornsife Dean's Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California
Joyce Kaufman's updated introduction to the field utilizes extensive examples recently peppering the headlines and is sure to pique the interest of typical undergraduates. The text moves swiftly, though understandably, from the fundamentals of IR analysis to applying these methods to specific cases. Unlike some basic texts, feminist theory is treated equally to other prominent perspectives and the value as well as limitations of various methodological lenses are made clear. Moreover, the book's brevity is conducive to assigning supplementary readings and current events fostering greater student engagement. -- Erik Pratt, Carroll College
Utilizing the levels of analysis as the overarching framework, this easily accessible and readable text introduces readers to traditional international relations theories and approaches. Kaufman notes the limitations of these theories and, in turn, considers nontraditional IR approaches, such as feminist IR, and their usefulness to understand issues and events in world politics. Four in-depth case studies-environment, migration, women's rights, and China's rise-demonstrate how IR theories are applied to contemporary issues in the study of international relations. -- Kristen Williams, Clark University

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