Synopses & Reviews
This innovative new text is derived from a highly successful Open University course of the same title. It takes as a dominant theme the contested issue of ‘globalization’ (the apparent intensification of global patterns of inter-dependence) and its implications for the autonomy of the modern nation-state.
Following a conceptual introduction, which critically examines the theoretical debates framing the study of world politics, the work is structured around four key processes of globalization which the authors identify as being the central determinants of contemporary global politics. These key processes are: the global impact of great power relations; the globalizing tendencies of technological innovation; the existence of a global economy; and the globalizing force of modernity.
Reflecting this structure the text is organized into four discrete sections. Each section explores, both theoretically and empirically, one of the four processes of globalization. Throughout, particular attention is paid both to a critical evaluation of these globalizing processes as well as to their consequences for the sovereignty and autonomy of the modern nation-state. Moreover, the authors combine a lucid treatment of theoretical debates with topical case-study material to produce a text which is extremely accessible to undergraduate students studying international relations and politics and to those readers with little prior knowledge of world affairs.
'Consistently well-written and accessible, as well as being sophisticated ... highly recommended for undergraduate students, MA teachers, and interested lay readers.' International Affairs
‘This is an excellent volume. The authors have gone to considerable length to impose a clear structure on a most wide-ranging and complex set of materials. The result is one of the most innovative and useful volumes published on global politics in recent years. It is a judicious mix of empirical coverage and theoretical sophistication, making it a truly well-integrated textbook. It will be widely appreciated by all those who teach and study international relations. – Steve Smith, Professor of International Relations, University of East Anglia
‘… highly recommended for students and teachers, and also for interested lay readers.’ – Political Studies
International responses to the outbreak of SARS, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and the promotion of health as a human right all demonstrate how global politics have a profound effect on the way we think about and respond to major health challenges. Despite a growing interest in the relationship between health and international relations there has yet to be a systematic study of the links between them. Global Health Issues
aims to fill this gap – ultimately showing how world politics can be good, or bad, for your health.
This book calls for a more nuanced understanding of the nature of the current global health crisis and the political dilemmas faced by those responsible for the development and implementation of responses to it. By charting these debates and showing how they shape the way actors think about key issues relating to health, such as people movement; infectious disease; the business of health; and the consequences of war; this volume provides an innovative and comprehensive introduction to health and international relations for students of global politics, health studies and related disciplines.
About the Author
Anthony G. McGrew and Paul G. Lewis are Senior Lecturers in Goverment at the Open University.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors.
1. Conceptualizing Global Politics: Anthony G. McGrew.
Part I: Superpower Rivalry and Global Political Competition.
2. Superpower Rivalry and the End of the 'Cold War': Paul G. Lewis.
3. The Superpowers and Regional Conflict: David Potter.
4. Superpower Rivalry and US Hegemony in Central America: Anthony G. McGrew.
Part II: Technology and Global Integration.
5. Military Technology and the Dynamics of Global Militarization: Anthony G. McGrew.
6. Regimes and the Global Commons: John Vogler.
7. Global Technologies and Political Change in Eastern Europe: Nigel Swain.
Part III: A Global Economy?.
8. The International Economic Order between the Wars: Richard Bessel.
9. The Nature and Government of the Global Economy: Jeremy Mitchell.
10. Economic Autonomy and the Advanced Industrial State: Grahame Thompson.
11. The Autonomy of `Third World' states within the Global Economy: David Potter.
12. Conceptualizing the Global Economy: Roger Tooze.
Part IV: Modernity, Globalization and the Nation-State.
13. Modernization, Globalization and the Nation-State: Michael Smith.
14. Modernity and Universal Human Rights: John Vincent.
15. Islam as a Global Political Force: Brian Beeley.
16. Global Politics in a Transitional Era: Anthony G. McGrew.