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World Politics: Trend and Transformation, 2014 - 2015, 15th Edition

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  • Charles W. Kegley Jr.
  • Shannon L. Blanton University of Memphis
  • ISBN-10: 1285437276
  • ISBN-13: 9781285437279
  • 608 Pages Best Buy Package 
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2013, 2011
  • © 2015 | Published
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Now with a significant PRICE REDUCTION from previous editions, WORLD POLITICS: TREND AND TRANSFORMATION offers analysis of the most up-to-date data, research, and contemporary events from today’s international political stage. Students will understand what is happening today and why. The 2014-2015 EDITION incorporates recent changes in leadership, the latest on the world economy, social media, international organizations, and advances in military technology, a look at the changing nuclear environment in both North Korea and Iran, an expanded discussion on human rights, an enhanced discussion of conflict between non-state actors, new data from World Development Indicators and more. Our recent partnership with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs provides more coverage of contemporary issues and resources to explore those issues than ever before. And for the first time, all of the amazing study tools available through CourseMate come packaged with the book: chapter quizzes, videos, simulations, case study exercises, interactive timelines, International Relations NewsNow, and more. Co-author Shannon L. Blanton incorporates key concepts into the text from major theoretical perspectives to look at both historical and contemporary developments. This edition addresses topics such as war, terrorism, human rights, the environment, and international development while emphasizing an institutional approach to resolving international conflict. The authors present each issue in a thought-provoking way that encourages students to critically assess the problems, payoffs, pitfalls, and paradoxes of people’s choices about the global future and the probable impact those choices will have on students in the future.


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  • Throughout the text, “Controversy” boxes examine the opposing positions on major issues of current or classic import in the sphere of international relations. These essays encourage students to think critically about rival viewpoints and to develop their own opinions.
  • “A Closer Look” boxes reflect the book’s recent partnership with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. These boxes address contemporary issues and conclude with critical thinking questions and links to relevant readings and hundreds of video clips on the Carnegie Council website.
  • The illustration program--including full-color photographs, maps, tables, and figures--broadens the book’s coverage, provokes interest, and helps students visualize core ideas. The new photographs and illustrations in this edition have been selected to introduce the timeliest topics, with detailed captions that explain their relevance to the larger issues discussed in the text.
  • Marginal definitions streamline studying.
  • Margin icons correlate the text to specific exercises on the WORLD POLITICS CourseMate site. Students can play out a simulation, watch a video, get acquainted with the nuts and bolts of a difficult concept through an animated learning module, view interactive maps, and more, right when those tools add the most to what they’re learning in the book. Our recent partnership with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs provides more coverage of contemporary issues and resources to explore those issues than ever before.
  • Each chapter ends with a list of Suggested Readings and Videos featuring the latest scholarship and most up-to-date sources to help students prepare for their papers and essays. Students are also directed to online videos to enhance their understanding of the material.

What's New

  • New Questions to Consider open each chapter, serving as learning objectives and a map to key concepts in the chapter as students begin their reading.
  • Updates on global leadership changes, including those in China, and how they may affect international relations.
  • Discussion of the latest advances in military technology, including an expanded discussion of the rise of drones, as well as a look at the changing nuclear environment in both North Korea and Iran.
  • Enhanced discussion of conflict between non-state actors.
  • Updated discussion of the world economy, with a focus on the rise of the BRICS countries and the implication for global economic relations.
  • Updated discussion of the use and misuse of social media around the world, including a discussion of censorship and what that means for citizens.
  • The latest information on international organizations, such as the World Bank, the IMF, and the United Nations, and what role such organizations play in international relations.
  • Expanded discussion on human rights, with attention paid to the pressing issues of gender inequality and child labor.
  • A look at environmental conditions and the pursuit of renewable energy, and what countries and non-state actors are doing about them.
  • New pictures and text coverage of key events in 2013.
  • Updates on data in the text, tables, and figures to include that which is most recently available, including new data from the World Development Indicators, Human Development Report, and SIPRI, among others, about key international trends.
  • Incorporation of new academic studies and popular literature.
  • New Controversy and A Closer Look boxes.
  • For the first time, all of the amazing study tools available through CourseMate now come packaged with the the book: Chapter quizzes, videos, simulations, case study exercises, interactive timelines, and more. The International Relations NewsNow provides a newsfeed of journal and news articles, videos, images, a blog, and is updated daily. The Carnegie Council videos referenced in the text are also presented through CourseMate.

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Table of Contents

PART I: TREND AND TRANSFORMATION IN WORLD POLITICS.
1. Interpreting World Politics.
2. Theories of World Politics.
PART II: THE GLOBE’S ACTORS AND THEIR RELATIONS.
3. International Decision Making.
4. Great Power Rivalries and Relations.
5. The Global South in a World of Powers.
6. Nonstate Actors and the Quest for Global Community.
PART III: CONFRONTING ARMED AGGRESSION.
7. The Threat of Armed Aggression to the World.
8. The Pursuit of Power through Arms and Alliances.
9. The Quest for Peace through International Law and Collective Security.
PART IV: HUMAN SECURITY, PROSPERITY, AND RESPONSIBILITY.
10. The Globalization of International Finance.
11. International Trade in the Global Marketplace.
12. The Demographic and Cultural Dimensions of Globalization.
13. The Promotion of Human Development and Human Rights.
14. Global Responsibility for the Preservation of the Environment.
PART V: THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORLD POLITICS.
15. Looking Ahead at Global Trends and Transformations.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Charles W. Kegley Jr.

Charles W. Kegley is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. A past President of the International Studies Association, Kegley holds the title of Pearce Distinguished Professor of International Relations Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. A graduate of the American University (B.A.) and Syracuse University (Ph.D.) and a Pew Faculty Fellow at Harvard University, Kegley previously served on the faculty at Georgetown University, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Texas, Rutgers University, the People’s University of China, and the Institute Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales Et du Développement in Geneva Switzerland. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association. A founding partner of Kegley International, Inc. (a publishing, research, and consulting foundation), Kegley has authored more than 50 scholarly books (and over 100 articles in journals), including co-authorship with Gregory A. Raymond for Cengage of five editions of The Global Future, as well as with Eugene R. Wittkopf seven editions of American Foreign Policy: Pattern and Process.

Shannon L. Blanton

Shannon Lindsey Blanton is Professor of Political Science at The University of Memphis, where she is also the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs. She oversees all undergraduate programs and provides leadership for curriculum development, general education, retention programming, the Center for International Programs and Services, the Honors Program, Learning Communities, and academic advising services. She is a past department chair and undergraduate coordinator, and has served nationally as a facilitator for leadership development in higher education. A graduate of Georgia College (B.A.), the University of Georgia (M.A.), and the University of South Carolina (Ph.D.), she has received numerous research awards and was named in 2007 as the recipient of The University of Memphis’ esteemed Alumni Association Distinguished Research in the Social Sciences and Business Award. She has served on a number of editorial boards, including those for four of the discipline’s foremost journals, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Interactions, and International Studies Perspectives.

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"[WORLD POLITICS is] one of the premiere texts in IR, well-respected, with a solid thematic approach. Any student who uses it will be well-prepared for IR theory. What I like a lot is the inclusion of Chapter 12 [The Demographic and Cultural Dimensions of Globalization]. One of the key things is to be able to identify the next big, thematic area. The next thing that IR texts have to deal with is the north/south issue and the problems of globalization. Kegley/Blanton does a nice job of that in Chapter 12." - Jeff Ringer, Brigham Young University
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"I enjoyed looking at the Table of Contents. The new Table of Contents is better than [the book I'm using]. It’s much more focused and the sub-divisions are shorter, which is good. The writing style seems much tighter and more structured. It is crisply written." - Christopher R. Cook, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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"Of the many texts I have reviewed for my introductory course in IR, I have found Kegley’s text to be the most complete.” -Sidney T. Ellington, University of Oklahoma
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