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Palgrave Macmillan

Issues in 21st Century World Politics

ISBN 9780230366800
Publication Date May 2010
Formats Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

A fresh, new text introducing the key issues that shape the nature of the international system and global politics in the 21st Century. Suitable for students on introductory courses considering the substance of IR and global politics, this is a major title.

The book offers a modern approach to the subject of world politics and covers an increased number of issues, such as the financial crises and migration, in order to reflect the expansion of course curricula in recent years. With contributions from a team of leading international scholars this is a dynamic yet focussed text designed to spark interest and understanding.

MARK BEESON is Winthrop Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia and formerly Professor of International Relations, University of Birmingham, UK.

NICK BISLEY is Associate Professor of International Relations, La Trobe University, Australia.

Introduction: Issues in Twenty-First World Politics; Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley
Globalization and Statehood; Philip G. Cerny
Regions and Regionalism in World Politics; Shaun Breslin
Climate Change and the Politics of the Global Environment; Neil Carter
Global Power Shift: The Decline of the West and the Rise of the Rest?; Nick Bisley
There are alternatives: The Washington consensus versus state capitalism; Mark Beeson
Democracy and Democratization; William Case
Nationalism and Ethnicity in World Politics; Richard W. Mansbach
Old and New Wars; Matt Killingsworth
Transnational Terrorism; Andrew Phillips
Peace Operations and Humanitarian Intervention; Alex J. Bellamy
The New World of Security; Mely Cabellero-Anthony
Gender Matters; Laura J. Shepherd
Inequality and Underdevelopment in World Politics; Ray Kiely
Energy Security and World Politics; Frank Umbach
Global Financial Crises; Timothy J. Sinclair
Governing the Global Economy; Richard Higgott
Population Movement and its Impact on World Politics; Anne Hammerstad


"This excellent and well integrated collection of high-quality chapters introduces and addresses the key questions that face the international system in the first half of the twenty-first century. Readable and engaging, it is a must buy for students of world politics." - Professor Michael Cox, London School of Economics. "Combining intellectual rigor and contemporary focus, a wide-ranging portrait of the global system bringing together leading scholars to reflect on the great changes underway in world politics " - Professor G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University
'[W]ell written, insightful, and tightly argued essays on important issues... address their subjects with keen analytic eyes that provide the reader with information, vision, and insights... [A]n important and useful book.' - A.J. Waskey, Choice
'[A]n excellent outline of the main challenges confronting twenty-first-century international politics... The breadth and scope of Beeson and Bisley's collection makes it an invaluable reference sources for anyone interested in the chaning patterns and possible future trajectories of world affairs.' - Emilian Kavalski, Political Studies
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