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Understanding global politics : actors and themes in international affairs / edited by Klaus Larres and Ruth Wittlinger.

Contributor(s): Larres, Klaus, editor. | Wittlinger, Ruth,, 1961- editor.
Call number: JZ1310 U53 2020 Material type: TextTextPublisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020Description: x, 436 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781138682269 (pbk.)Subject(s): World politics | International relationsDDC classification: 327
Contents:
Global politics since 1945 / Klaus Larres -- Democracy: problems and challenges, opportunities and design / Matthew Flinders and Marc Geddes -- The global economy and the "Great Recession" / Mark K. Cassell -- Theorizing global politics / Wayne McLean -- The USA / John Dumbrell -- The People's Republic of China / Gudrun Wacker -- Russia's resurgent political identity / Peter Eltsov -- India / Christian Wagner -- The European Union / Christian Schweiger -- Germany / Ruth Wittlinger -- The United Nations / Manuel Fröhlich -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation / Linda Risso -- IMF and World Bank / Rainer Hillebrand -- Non-governmental organisations / Hannah Murphy-Gregory -- Regional organisations / Ulf Engel -- Multinational businesses / John Mikler -- Global environmental politics: sustainable development, climate change and the energy dilemma / Sarah Cohen -- Transnational politics of migration: from states to regimes and agents / Margit Fauser -- Global poverty / Indrajit Roy -- Failing states and statebuilding / Jutta Bakonyi -- Soft and hard power / Annamarie Bindenagel Sehovic -- The rise of religious fundamentalism / Dianne Kirby -- Human rights and the international criminal court / Yvonne McDermott -- The threat of transnational terrorism / Tobias Hof -- Fighting corruption globally: a case of norm diffusion in international relations / Holger Moroff -- Nuclear proliferation and international stability / Jonas Schneider.
Summary: "Contemporary international affairs are largely shaped by widely differing thematic issues and actors, such as nation states, international institutions, NGOs and multinational companies. Obtaining a deeper understanding of these multifaceted themes and actors is crucial for developing a genuine understanding of contemporary international affairs. This book provides undergraduate and postgraduate students of global politics and international relations with the necessary knowledge of the forces that shape and dominate our global political, economic and social/cultural environment. The book significantly enhances our understanding of the essentials of contemporary international affairs. Understanding Global Politics takes a pragmatic approach to international relations, with each chapter being written by an expert in their respective field: Part I provides the historical background that has led to the current state of world affairs. It also provides clear outlines of the major yet often complex theories of international relations. Part II is dedicated to the main actors in global politics. It discusses actors such as the most important nation states, the UN, EU, international organizations, NGOs, and multinational companies. Part III considers important contemporary themes and challenges in global politics, including non-state centered challenges. Chapters focus on international terrorism, energy and climate change issues, religious fundamentalism and demographic changes. The comprehensive structure of this book makes it particularly viable to students who wish to pursue careers in international organizations, diplomacy, consultancy, the think tank world, and the media"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Global politics since 1945 / Klaus Larres -- Democracy: problems and challenges, opportunities and design / Matthew Flinders and Marc Geddes -- The global economy and the "Great Recession" / Mark K. Cassell -- Theorizing global politics / Wayne McLean -- The USA / John Dumbrell -- The People's Republic of China / Gudrun Wacker -- Russia's resurgent political identity / Peter Eltsov -- India / Christian Wagner -- The European Union / Christian Schweiger -- Germany / Ruth Wittlinger -- The United Nations / Manuel Fröhlich -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation / Linda Risso -- IMF and World Bank / Rainer Hillebrand -- Non-governmental organisations / Hannah Murphy-Gregory -- Regional organisations / Ulf Engel -- Multinational businesses / John Mikler -- Global environmental politics: sustainable development, climate change and the energy dilemma / Sarah Cohen -- Transnational politics of migration: from states to regimes and agents / Margit Fauser -- Global poverty / Indrajit Roy -- Failing states and statebuilding / Jutta Bakonyi -- Soft and hard power / Annamarie Bindenagel Sehovic -- The rise of religious fundamentalism / Dianne Kirby -- Human rights and the international criminal court / Yvonne McDermott -- The threat of transnational terrorism / Tobias Hof -- Fighting corruption globally: a case of norm diffusion in international relations / Holger Moroff -- Nuclear proliferation and international stability / Jonas Schneider.

"Contemporary international affairs are largely shaped by widely differing thematic issues and actors, such as nation states, international institutions, NGOs and multinational companies. Obtaining a deeper understanding of these multifaceted themes and actors is crucial for developing a genuine understanding of contemporary international affairs. This book provides undergraduate and postgraduate students of global politics and international relations with the necessary knowledge of the forces that shape and dominate our global political, economic and social/cultural environment. The book significantly enhances our understanding of the essentials of contemporary international affairs. Understanding Global Politics takes a pragmatic approach to international relations, with each chapter being written by an expert in their respective field: Part I provides the historical background that has led to the current state of world affairs. It also provides clear outlines of the major yet often complex theories of international relations. Part II is dedicated to the main actors in global politics. It discusses actors such as the most important nation states, the UN, EU, international organizations, NGOs, and multinational companies. Part III considers important contemporary themes and challenges in global politics, including non-state centered challenges. Chapters focus on international terrorism, energy and climate change issues, religious fundamentalism and demographic changes. The comprehensive structure of this book makes it particularly viable to students who wish to pursue careers in international organizations, diplomacy, consultancy, the think tank world, and the media"-- Provided by publisher.

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