International Relations

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International relations affects everyone’s lives: their security, economic well-being, rights and freedoms, and the environment they share. This book explores international relations’ central concerns with the changing way that political authority is organized globally, and provides the theoretical tools to understand the dynamics of the field.

ISBN: 9780198850212 Author: Reus-Smit, Christian Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 23rd April 2020 Imprint: Oxford University Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 327 (edition:23) Pages: xxiv, 147 Language: English Readership: / Code: Category: Subjects: ,

International relations affects everyone’s lives: their security, economic well-being, rights and freedoms, and the environment they share. Recently we have seen the transformation from a world of empires to today’s world of sovereign states, which are enmeshed in a complex array of international institutions, all exercising degrees of political authority. The new global organization of political authority has far-reaching consequences.This Very Short Introduction untangles this complex world, providing an accessible framework for understanding the contours of global political change. Christian Reus-Smit treats theory as an indispensable tool for grasping international relations, but demystifies theorizing, introducing it as an everyday human practice. He surveys a range of theories, from realism to feminism: reading them as contrasting perspectives on the global organization of political authority. Historically,such organization has been shaped by diverse social forces, four of which are discussed in detail: shifting patterns of warfare, changing economic conditions, struggles for rights, and the politics of culture. Reus-Smit concludes with a reflection on the future of international relations in an era of profoundglobal change.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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