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How the World Works

A Brief Survey of International Relations
3rd Edition

Russell Bova

Jun 2016, Paperback, 360 pages
ISBN13: 9780134378848
ISBN10: 0134378849
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For courses in International Relations.

International Politics: Comparing Paradigms

How the World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations provides the detailed, micro-level knowledge readers need to understand world politics, harnessing their curiosity about global current events. The text covers the continuing swirl of events that dominate world politics in our present–from the Arab Spring, to the Russian invasion of Crimea, to the rise of ISIS, to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

The Third Edition makes improvements upon the book in general while maintaining its core mission: to tap into reader interest in current events and help each reader build a conceptual and theoretical sophistication that remains when these current events become a part of history. The text challenges readers to question their assumptions about the world and what they may think they already know about international relations. Overall, the text makes it clear that even scholars and politicians disagree about the world’s political and economic interactions, and makes a point to introduce readers to all paradigms–encouraging them to form their own opinions about how the world works.

Also available with MyPoliSciLab®

MyPoliSciLab for the International Relations course extends learning online to engage readers and improve results. Media resources with assignments bring concepts to life, and offer readers opportunities to practice applying what they’ve learned. Please note: this version of MyPoliSciLab does not include an eText.

How the World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations, Third Edition is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables readers to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.

Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyLab™ & Mastering™ does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyLab & Mastering, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MyLab & Mastering, search for:

0134409906 / 9780134409900 How the World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations Plus MyPoliSciLab for International Relations — Access Card Package, 3/e

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  • 0134378849 / 9780134378848 How the World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations, 3e
  • 0134408233 / 9780134408231 MyPoliSciLab for International Relations

1. How to Think About World Politics: Realism and Its Critics

2. Historical Perspectives: Continuity and Change in World Politics

3. Levels of Analysis: The Sources of Foreign Policy

4. War and Violence in World Politics: The Realist’s World

5. International Law and Organization: The Promise of Liberal Institutionalism

6. The Human Rights Revolution: The Construction of International Norms

7. Economic Globalization: The Consequences of Liberal Commercialism

8. Transnational Challenges: The State System under Stress

9. Global Futures: Competing Visions of the Twenty-First Century

How The World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations includes the following features to engage students:

UPDATED! Each chapter has been brought up-to-date with the most current events in international relations:

  • NEW! Chapter 1 includes a new section on non-paradigmatic research, as well as a new Theory in Practice box on Obama and his constructivism in labeling terrorists.
  • NEW! Chapter 2 takes into account recent scholarship on “The Myth of 1648” and has updated its discussion of both the Ukraine crisis and the Arab Spring.
  • NEW! and UPDATED! Chapter 3 is reorganized around two themes: the level of analysis and the assumption of rationality in foreign policy decision making. There are updates to the cognitive decision making model, and a new Theory in Practice box applies rational actor, cognitive, and poliheuristic decision-making approaches to the student college selection process.
  • NEW! Chapter 4 includes a breakout section on the causes of war, and a Theory in Practice box on “the drone revolution”.
  • NEW! Chapter 5 has been updated in general throughout all sections.
  • NEW! and UPDATED! Chapter 6 includes a clarified discussion of the role of the Human Rights Council, adds a discussion of Libya in the section on humanitarian intervention, expands the discussion and assessment of the R2P record, and adds a new Theory in Practice box on Palestine and the International Criminal Court.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 7 includes updates in its discussion of the EU to account for post-2008 trends and the crisis in Greece, as well as the section on the global financial crisis and its aftermath.
  • NEW! and UPDATED! Chapter 8 clarifies its discussions of global public goods and common pool resources, the fracking revolution and its impact on the environment and global energy politics, and global climate governance post-Kyoto. It includes a new section on the 2014 ebola scare, a new Theory in Practice box on ebola vs. the flu, and the role of social media in the Arab Spring.
  • UPDATED! Chapter 9 retains the seven competing visions of the global future approach but changes the hypothetical future histories style to a more straightforward presentation and critique.

The text explores different paradigms of international relations to provide a non-biased view and bring core concepts full circle:

  • Each chapter explores a specific issue related to international politics, such as war, human rights, and economic globalization, to shed light on the realist approach and its alternative paradigms.
  • In nine chapters, the book brings readers full circle to analyze and articulate the data they’ve learned to defend their own theoretical preferences for understanding world politics in a sophisticated manner. Along the way, it touches on the following topics:
    • Chapter 1: challenges posed to the realist paradigm in the context of real global events
    • Chapter 2: the history of international relations and the related rise and fall of theoretical paradigms
    • Chapter 3: foreign policy making and shaping state behavior
    • Chapter 4: war and violence
    • Chapter 5: liberal institutionalism in international law and organization
    • Chapter 6: constructivism in international human rights
    • Chapters 7 and 8: economic globalization and transnational issues
    • Chapter 9: a proposal of seven alternative global futures

Pedagogical features support chapter goals:

  • To help students keep chapter goals in mind, each chapter begins with a reminder of the larger theoretical debate, and the bulk of each chapter focuses on the empirical record of the topic at hand.
  • Theory in Practice boxes appear two or three times in each chapter and apply a chapter concept to a real world event to reinforce the notion that international relations have a direct impact on student lives. Critical thinking questions at the end of each box encourage students to analyze international relations concepts on their own.
  • Photos and figures in each chapter relate to text material and help students put concepts in visual context.
  • Key terms are highlighted within each chapter and then listed again at the end. A marginal glossary provides brief definitions of terms for quick reference in each chapter.
  • Review questions at the end of each chapter review the three major issues discussed to test students’ knowledge of their larger significance.
  • A map insert with maps of the world, North America, South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, East and South Asia, and Australia and Oceania puts text material in geographical context.

How the World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations, Third Edition is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more.

Also available with MyPoliSciLab®

MyPoliSciLab for the International Relations course extends learning online to engage students and improve results. Media resources with assignments bring concepts to life, and offer students opportunities to practice applying what they’ve learned. Please note: this version of MyPoliSciLab does not include an eText.

  • Explorer personalizes key course materials (graphs, maps, and other infographics) with data from specific locations, giving students opportunities to explore how the trends they are learning about impact them on a local level. They can view statistics and trends, such as unemployment rate and demographic shifts, for their town or county, and compare this data with other parts of the world. Students can also analyze maps at different points in time, or in comparison to one another, to easily identify how trends emerge, grow, and wane geographically. Explorer activities link back to assessment within MyPoliSciLab.
  • Decision-making Mini Simulations engage students, allowing them to play the role of a political actor and apply political science concepts to make decisions — just as political figures do. These simulations have been updated to provide a more game-like environment to further engage students in the activity. We offer a simulation per chapter for all titles. All simulations can be completed in a week.
  • Writing Space provides everything you need to foster better writing, all in one place. It's a single place to create, track, and grade writing assignments, provide writing resources, and exchange meaningful, personalized feedback with students, quickly and easily. The availability of auto-graded, assisted-graded, and create-your-own assignments within Writing Space lets you decide your level of involvement in evaluating your students' work. The auto-graded option allows you to assign writing in large classes without the burden of having to grade all student work by hand. And thanks to integration with Turnitin®, Writing Space can check students’ work for improper citation or plagiarism.
  • No class is influenced more by the events of the day than a political science course. The World Politics blog keeps students updated on the day’s headlines from right within their MyPoliSciLab course. Offering a political science perspective on the latest news stories, Politics Matters provides students a model of how to apply political science concepts to the analysis of current events.

How the World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations, Third Edition is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more.

Russell Bova is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Dickinson College.