Synopses & Reviews
This is a major revision of our successful introduction to International Relations. The authors seek to bridge the gap between academic theory and applied concepts by continuing to develop the books theme: that the complex relationships between the worlds state and non-state players must be understood before one can make intelligent judgments about international affairs. In this way, the book readily appeals to students in many related majors. In this edition, Pearson and Rochester infuse the entire book with a post-Cold War frame of reference. The growing diffusion of power, the growing fluidity of alignments all represent current key trends that are discussed in this edition.
About the Author
Pearson received his Ph.D. from University of Michigan. He is the Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University
Table of Contents
PART I: Introduction
Chapter 1: The Study of International Relations, or Getting a Handle on the World
Chapter 2: A Glimpse into the Past: The Historical Development of the International System
Chapter 3: A Birds-Eye View of the Present: The Contemporary International System
PART II: National Actors and International Interactions
Chapter 4: Describing Foreign Policy Behavior: What is it Nation-States Do?
Chapter 5: Explaining Foreign Policy Behavior: Why Do Nation-States Do What they Do?
Chapter 6: The Foreign Policy Process: A View from the Inside
Chapter 7: Playing the Game of International Relations: Diplomacy before Force
Chapter 8: Breakdown in the Game: The Resort to Armed Force
PART III: International Institutions
Chapter 9: International Law: Myth or Reality?
Chapter 10: International Organizations: Links Between Governments and Between Peoples
PART IV: The Global Condition: The Policies of Global Problem Solving