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Global Politics

A New Introduction, 3rd Edition

Edited by Jenny Edkins, Maja Zehfuss


612 pages | 227 Color Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security