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Print Price: $129.99

454 pp.
80 photos, 14 tables, 10 figures, and 5 maps, 8" x 10"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Global Politics

W. Andy Knight and Tom Keating

W. Andy Knight is a 2011 Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada.

Addressing issues of conflict and conflict resolution, war and peace, the environment, health, and human rights, this new text implores students to be attentive to the world around them and become informed global citizens. Potential solutions to global problems are explored through a framework that highlights how issues are interconnected. Providing an accurate and accessible view of global politics today, this book also offers a clear set of possible improvements for the structures and processes of global governance. Global Politics is an essential resource for students of global politics.

Readership : Introductory courses in international relations offered out of university political science departments, usually at the second-year level.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Publisher's Preface
Introduction: Context and Changing Perceptions of a Globe in Flux
Re-imagining Global Politics
Understanding Globalization
The Context of Global Politics: Multi-Level Governance
Outline of the Book
Part I: International and Global Politics
1. Making Sense of International Politics: Concepts, Theories, Approaches
Early Approaches to Understanding Inter-State Relations
International Society
Traditional Methods and Scientific Behaviouralism
2. Alternative Conceptions of Global Politics
Critical Theories
3. World Civilizations and the Origins of the International System
A Brief History: Tribes, Clans, City-States, and Empires
Other World Civilizations
The Renaissance, Westphalia, and the Evolution of the European States System
Part II: Turbulence and Change in World Order
4. Conceptualizing Global Change and Continuity
Towards a Theory of Global Change and Continuity
Conceptualizing Discontinuity in Global Politics
Problematizing Global Change and the Persistence of Continuities
5. Conflict, Violence, and War in Global Politics
War and Global Politics
The Changing Practice of War
Alternatives to War
From State to Human Security
6. Global Structures: Historical and Contemporary Experiences
Global Order, Globalization, and Globalism
Empires Past and Present
7. Changes to the Institutions of Global Order since 1945: The UN System
Brief History of the Founding of the United Nations
The Multi-faceted Goals of the UN
The UN Approach to Managing and Suppressing Conflicts
Building Sustainable Peace
Appendix 1: UN Member States and Dates of Membership
Appendix 2: Specialized Agencies and Related Organizations Maintaining Liaison Offices at United Nations Headquarters
Part III: Globalization
8. Globalization's Impact on the State and the Inter-State System
Characteristics and Drivers of Globalization
The Political and Policy Context
Globalization and the Theory of the State in Global Politics
9. The Globalization of Business and Business in Global Governance
Multinational Corporations Defined
Emerging Markets
The Growth of Private Power
Corporate Social Responsibility
Conclusion and Future Directions
10. Anti-Globalization Transnational Movements
Precursors of Counter-Globalization Movements
11. Resistance Movements in the Global South
The Ogoni Resistance Movement
The Chipko and Green Belt Movements
Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas
Movimento Trabalhadores Rurais Sêm Terra
The Porto Alegre World Social Forum
12. Transnational Organized Crime
Who Are Transnational Organized Criminals?
Criminal Gangs and Covert Groups
13. Terrorism: Understanding the Causes of Radicalism and Extremism
Terrorism as Radical Extremism
Drawing on History to Understand Extremism
Explaining Multiple Causes of Extremism Using 'Levels of Analysis'
Explanations of Extremism from the Societal Level
The Response of the United Nations to Terrorism
Part IV: Multilevel Governance
14. Governing the Global Environment
Environmental Issues
A Precursor to Global Governance of the Environment
The Launch of Global Negotiations
Climate Change, Kyoto, and an Uncertain Future
Environmental Governance
15. Governing Global Politics in an Era of Globalization
The Evolution of Global Governance
The Expanding Agenda of Global Governance
Assessing Global Governance
Conclusion: Global Politics and Utopian Realism
Identifying the Terrain of Global Politics
Using Theory as a Guide

Comprehensive online supplement package features helpful resources for instructors and students.
Instructor's Resources:
Instructor's Manual
Test Generator
PowerPoint Slides
Student Study Guide:
RSS feeds
Self-grading Interactive Quizzes
Study Tips
Annotated List of Further Readings
Annotated List of Websites

W. Andy Knight is Chair of the Department of Political Science University of Alberta, and past Director of the Peace and Post Conflict certificate programme in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies (OIS). In March 2007 Dr Knight was appointed, by the Canadian Foreign Minister, to the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He co-edited the international journal Global Governance from 2000 to 2005, was Vice-Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS), the Canadian Consortium for Peace Studies (CCPS), and the Education for Peace Academic and Research Council (EPARC). The recipient of the 2010 Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award, Knight has written and edited several books, book chapters, and journal articles on various aspects of multilateralism, global governance and peace, and United Nations reform. His most recent books are Adapting the United Nations to a Postmodern Era: Lessons Learned (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Building Sustainable Peace (United Nations University Press, 2004), co-authored with Tom Keating.

Tom Keating is Professor of Political Science and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. He also sits on the St Joseph College Board of Governors. As well as being the author of Canada and World Order: The Multilateralist Tradition in Canadian Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press Canada, 2001) and co-author of Building Sustainable Peace (University of Alberta Press, 2004), he has also written numerous articles on humanitarianism in Canadian foreign policy, international institutions, intervention, and state sovereignty.

Canadian Democracy - Stephen Brooks
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Introduction to International Development - Paul Haslam, Jessica Schafer and Pierre Beaudet
The Globalization of World Politics - Edited by John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens
Canada's International Policies - Brian Tomlin, Norman Hillmer and Fen Hampson
Comparative Politics - Edited by Daniele Caramani
On Global Order - Andrew Hurrell
Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy - Edited by Duane Bratt and Christopher J. Kukucha

Special Features

  • Current. Firmly rooted in a post-9/11 world, the text engages students with timely discussions and examples of global politics
  • Interdisciplinary. With perspectives from history, economics, politics, sociology, and geography, the text helps students understand how different aspects of global politics are interrelated.
  • Class-tested. Extensively tested in undergraduate classrooms, ensuring that instructors and students have the most user-friendly resource available.
  • International scope. Canadian voice. Written by Canadian instructors, the text maintains an international perspective throughout, giving students a broad foundation for study of global politics.
  • Globalization coverage. An in-depth and accurate treatment of globalization and how it impacts global politics makes this key topic accessible to students.
  • Human security coverage. Thorough integration of human security issues reflects growing international attention to and acceptance of this approach to security concerns.
  • Historical and contemporary treatment. Comprehensive discussion of relevant issues and events from the past through to the present day, acknowledging the importance of history to our understanding of the present.
  • Unique topics. Organized Crime and Terrorism are each explored in their own chapters, exposing students to thought-provoking discussions of these crucial issues.
  • Balanced. Explores the actors - individuals, non-governmental organizations, media, and culture - involved in global governance as well as governmental states, helping students develop an appreciation of the varied factors that affect global politics.
  • Engaging learning tools. Highlighted key terms, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, web links, and debate boxes that further explore important concepts, theories, institutions, and individuals will help students grasp complex subject matter.