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The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations [Paperback]

Patricia Owens , John Baylis , Steve Smith
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9 Dec 2004 0199271186 978-0199271184 3
Now in its third edition, this internationally successful title has been fully revised and updated to cover the latest developments in world politics, with three new chapters on International Law, Terrorism and Social Constructivism and two updated case studies. Written specially for those coming to the subject for the first time, this text has been carefully edited by John Baylis and Steve Smith to ensure a coherent, accessible and lively account of the globalization of world politics. ONLINE RESOURCE CENTRE For lecturers: PowerPoint slides; question bank; test bank; figures and tables. For students: multiple choice questions; case studies on Iraq, Kosovo and the Gulf War; revision guide, and web links.

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  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (9 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199271186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199271184
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.6 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Baylis is Professor and Head of Department of Politics and IR at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is also Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university. His publications include Dilemmas of World Politics, edited with N. J. Rengger (1992), The Diplomacy of Pragmatism: Britain and the Formation ofNATO (1993), Ambiguity and Deterrence: British Nuclear Strategy 1945-1964 (1995) and Anglo-American Relations Since 1939: The Enduring Alliance (1998). Steve Smith is University Vice-Chancellor and Professor of International Studies in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. He specializes in international political theory. His publications include International Relations Theory Today, edited with Ben Booth (1995) and InternationalTheory: Positivism and Beyond edited with Ken Booth and Marysia Zalewski (1996).

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of IR! 7 July 2008
By tabs179
Well, that's how we call it in our department as we always go back into this textbook whenever we need some guidance in our studies. It is the most useful textbook next to the Penguin Dictionary of IR. Recommended buy for all International Relations students out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand 6 Nov 2006
This collection is an easy to understand book yet it is full of detail. The onloine suport provided with the book provides each chapter with a revision guide and mock questions. The book covers a range of debates that are imporntant in international politics inlcuding theories on security, modern international order and diplomacy. It is a must for anyone beginning International relations.
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This is the fifth edition of this most comprehensive textbook. Its 600 pages are rich in content and very accessible to students. As the world is becoming a global village, people travel, media bring the world to our screens live, and modern transportation enables us to travel long distances in a relatively short time, we increasingly become citizens of the world. Following a short introduction about globalization and global politics, Part One of this book provides historical context. Part Two acquaint us with theories of world politics. Part Three and Four concern modern economy, environment, nationalism, culture, human rights and global security, while Part Five is about globalization in the future.

Each chapter begins with a reader's guide. Definitions and key points are put in distinct boxes; case studies are provided to make the reading clear and down-to-earth; diagrams and photos enrich the eyes, and each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading. This is the best textbook on globalization I know at present. It is a valuable asset for anyone who is interested in current global concerns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only an introduction but also a reference! 12 Feb 2010
I've bought as a recommended textbook for my online distance MA degree three years ago. However, it became reference book since then for both my full-time MA and my current PhD thesis.

The book is very rich not only in terms of the provided information, but also, its study cases, suggested further readings, and glossary. What makes it an excellent book for students and knowledge seekers is the list of questions at the end of each of its 33 chapters. Such questions develop ones critical thoughts by insuring that the reader gets the idea of the chapter expands his/her own opinion. I'm sure that the 4th edition would contain updated information on current affairs.

As a result of the book's verity of topics, I decided to list it under "references" in my personal library!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where is my book?!? 15 Oct 2013
By Linda
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I bought the book two or more weeks ago and not seen it arriving yet!! I hope it will make to UK before my exams are over otherwise I'll not only want the refund but also the damages for not being able to read for the exams!

OK So!!!! This is the 28th of October now!! It has been ages (A MONTH AND A HALF OR MORE?) since I have ordered the book!! I want my money back!
Besides, what kind of serious company/seller is that whose buyer sends a message and even after two weeks now you haven't even dared to answer!!
I don't know if I have stressed it enough but I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!
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