3rd Edition

Global Politics A New Introduction

Edited By Jenny Edkins, Maja Zehfuss Copyright 2019
    640 Pages 227 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    640 Pages 227 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The third edition of Global Politics: A New Introduction continues to provide a completely original way of teaching and learning about world politics. The book engages directly with the issues in global politics that students are most interested in, helping them to understand the key questions and theories and also to develop a critical and inquiring perspective.

    Completely revised and updated throughout, the third edition offers up-to-date examples engaging with the latest developments in global politics, including the Syrian war and the refugee crisis, fossil fuel divestment, racism and Black Lives Matter, citizen journalism, populism, and drone warfare.

    Global Politics:

    • examines the most significant issues in global politics – from war, peacebuilding, terrorism, security, violence, nationalism and authority to poverty, development, postcolonialism, human rights, gender, inequality, ethnicity and what we can do to change the world;
    • offers chapters written to a common structure, which is ideal for teaching and learning, and features a key question, an illustrative example, general responses and broader issues;
    • integrates theory and practice throughout the text, by presenting theoretical ideas and concepts in conjunction with a global range of historical and contemporary case studies.

    Drawing on theoretical perspectives from a broad range of disciplines, including international relations, political theory, postcolonial studies, sociology, geography, peace studies and development, this innovative textbook is essential reading for all students of global politics and international relations.

    1 Introduction Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss

    2 How do we begin to think about the world? Véronique Pin-Fat

    3 What happens if we don’t take nature for granted? Simon Dalby

    4 Can we save the planet? Carl Death

    5 Who do we think we are? Annick T. R. Wibben and Olivia U. Rutazibwa

    6 How do religious beliefs affect politics? Peter Mandaville

    7 Why do we obey? Jenny Edkins

    8 How do we find out what’s going on in the world? Debbie Lisle

    9 How does the way we use the Internet make a difference? M. I. Franklin

    10 Why is people’s movement restricted? Roxanne Lynn Doty

    11 Why is the world divided territorially? Stuart Elden

    12 How do people come to identify with nations? Elena Barabantseva

    13 Does the nation-state work? Michael J. Shapiro

    14 Is democracy a good idea? Lucy Taylor

     15 Do colonialism and slavery belong to the past? Kate Manzo

    16 How does colonialism work? Sankaran Krishna

    17 How is the world organized economically? V. Spike Peterson

    18 How does finance affect the politics of everyday life? Matt Davies

    19 Why are some people better off than others? Paul Cammack

     20 How can we end poverty?Mustapha Kamal Pasha

     21 Why do some people think they know what is good for others? Naeem Inayatullah

    22 Why does politics turn to violence? Joanna Bourke

    23 What makes the world dangerous? Thomas Gregory

    24 Can we move beyond conflict? Roland Bleiker and David Shim

    25 Who has rights? Giorgio Shani

    26 Conclusion: What can we do to change the world? Maja Zehfuss



    Jenny Edkins is a writer and a Professor in the Politics department at The University of Manchester, UK.

    Maja Zehfuss is Professor of International Politics at The University of Manchester, UK.

    "I recently read Global Politics: A New Introduction - I loved how each chapter asks a question before provoking offshoots of more questions departing from the first. I also enjoyed the real life scenarios, and the chance to understand the responses to these scenarios and to think about the questions raised within the chapter in relation to each scenario. I loved how you take complex ideas and theories and make them appear so simple and understandable." - Zeenat Sabur, Masters student at Leicester University, UK

    "This is the book that gets students reading, thinking and talking! It poses the questions central to the practices of global politics and pushes the boundaries of how we understand those processes. Crucially it encourages us to rethink about what constitutes the 'global' and what 'politics' involves." - Stephen Hobden, University of East London, UK

    "I have been using this book for undergraduate teaching since the first edition was published. This newest edition has made a good thing even better. Using up-to-date illustrative examples, the chapters offer theoretically-rich, innovative yet accessible introductions to key ideas in the study of global politics. This remarkable volume goes beyond the familiar stories about International Relations, challenging students to think critically not only about the answers, but about the questions we ask about the way the world works." - Fiona Robinson, Carleton University, Canada.

    "What counts as global politics? Whose lives matter? How are you involved? Edkins & Zehfuss powerfully illustrate that there are no easy answers and that details are important. Every once in a while a book changes the way we see people, places, and practices around us; the third edition of Global Politics: A New Introduction is one of those rare experiences" - Nick Vaughan-Williams, University of Warwick, UK.

    "Global Politics’ is the only IR textbook that works outside of the West. Having taught at international universities in Asia and the Middle East, I have seen first-hand how warmly it is received by students from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Myanmar, India, China and Japan, among others. This book engages with issues students care about and forces them to think outside of the sanitized and safe box of Western IR theories." - Herman T. Salton, ICU University, Japan