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6th Edition

International Organizations
Perspectives on Global Governance

ISBN 9780815380467
Published August 27, 2018 by Routledge
358 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on mainstream and critical theoretical approaches, International Organizations offers a comprehensive examination of international organizations’ political and structural role in world politics. This text details the types and activities of international organizations and provides students with the conceptual tools needed to evaluate their effectiveness. Surveying key issue areas from international and human security to trade and the environment, International Organizations looks at present and future possibilities for global governance from a broad range of perspectives.

New to the Sixth Edition

  • Focused on the seismic shifts caused by the rise of national populism and the effects on the more liberal institutions of global governance.
  • Fully revised throughout with a feature on the EU in the face of Brexit, the Greek financial crisis, and global migration.
  • Adds a new section on the Arab League, expanded coverage of NGOs, and updates on the Paris Climate Accords.
  • Overhauls the chapter on International Security including expanded coverage of the UN’s present and historical role.
  • Includes a new chapter on Regional Security covering NATO and ECOWAS.
  • Provides new case studies on Syria, Ukraine, SDGs, and the global migration crisis, among several others.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: International Organizations: Nuts and Bolts.

Chapter 3: Mainstream Theories

Chapter 4: Critical Theories

Chapter 5: International Security

Chapter 6: Regional Security

Chapter 7: Trade

Chapter 8: Development

Chapter 9: Environment

Chapter 10: Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs

Chapter 11: Global Governance in 2030

Appendix: Finding Employment in International Organizations

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Kelly-Kate S. Pease is Professor in the Department of History, Politics, and

International Relations at Webster University and Director of the International

Relations Online Program. She is also the Founding Director of the Institute for

Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, the Global MA program in International

Relations, and the MA program in International Nongovernmental

Organizations. She is author of Human Rights and Humanitarian Diplomacy

and co-author of The United Nations and Changing World Politics.


Praise for the Sixth Edition

Kelly-Kate Pease’s comprehensive and accessible text is an excellent tool for students to develop a good sense of the complexities of global governance. The book’s strengths are many: It goes beyond a purely state-centered analysis to acknowledge the role that non-state actors play in the process of global decision-making; it applies IR theories to help students easily grasp the usefulness of theoretical lenses to interpret real-world events; last but not least, it offers a judicious selection of global case studies that cover the most relevant aspects of present-day international cooperation.

Mihaela Anghel, The Hague University of Applied Sciences

The new edition of this well-researched, well-written, well-organized text offers students a careful view of modern international organizations: their historical and theoretical roots, decision-making, and policy records. The textbook covers both mainstream and critical theories in addition to a variety of international issues, including development, trade, security, governance, and the environment. It is also very helpful for my Model U.N. students!

Houman A. Sadri, University of Central Florida

Kelly-Kate Pease has produced a wonderful update of International Organizations, clearly explaining five theoretical perspectives in international relations and illustrating how they can be applied to explain the outcomes of real cases, from Brexit to the Syrian conflict. A valuable resource for both beginning and advanced students, the book also provides a thorough discussion of the issues facing IOs as well as the positive and negative outcomes of global governance.

Stacy Taninchev, Gonzaga University

This new edition of Kelly-Kate Pease’s text offers an exciting exploration of international politics beyond institutional processes by placing a much-needed emphasis on global action and governance. The enmeshing of theoretical perspectives with a vast selection of case studies results in a dynamic resource that allows students to gain knowledge, test theories competitively, and build an in-depth understanding of the complexity of real-world events.

Boyka Stefanova, University of Texas-San Antonio