International Politics:Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues: United States Edition

Robert J. Art / Robert Jervis  
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April 2008
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Edited by two of the most respected international relations scholars, International Politics places contemporary essays alongside classics to survey the field's diverse voices, concepts, and issues.

Challenging students to use original scholarship to recognize and analyze patterns in world politics, this bestselling reader considers how to effectively understand politics under governments and beyond. Carefully edited selections cover the most essential topics and are put into conversation with each other to illustrate fundamental debates and differing points of view. Comprehensive and engaging, International Politics offers the best overview of the discipline as well as the forces shaping the world today.



  • Organizes selections into four parts-“Anarchy and Its Consequences,” “The Uses of Force,” “International Political Economy,” and “Contemporary World Politics”-to comprehensively survey the field. 
  • Balances classic and contemporary readings to present enduring and new approaches for understanding international relations. 
  • Includes selections by the most respected scholars in the field, including political scientists, policymakers, and more. 
  • Features authoritative part introductions that put the readings into dialogue and help students critically think about concepts and current events.

New to this Edition

  • A new section-"Modes of Global Governance"-includes five readings by Adam Roberts, Kenneth Waltz, G. John Ikenberry, Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay, and Anne-Marie Slaughter that explore the effectiveness of old and new forms of global government.
  • A new section-"Human Rights, Justice, and International Law"-includes four readings by Rhoda Howard and Jack Donnelly, Kofi Anan, Steven Ratner, and Neil Kritz that examine relationships among individuals, states, and the international system.
  • "The Environment and Climate Change" features three new readings by Colin Kahl, David Victor, and N. Gregory Mankiw that discuss the implication of climate change on economic and security relations.
  • "Globalization and Its Critics" includes two new readings by Pankaj Ghemaway and Rawi Abdelal and Adam Segal that closely scrutinize the nature of globalization.
  • "The Spread of Nuclear Weapons" presents a new article by Barry Posen on how to deal with a nuclear-armed Iran.
  • "Perspectives on Political Economy" includes a new article by Michael Hiscox on the domestic sources of foreign economic policies.
  • "Conflicts, Interstate War, and Terrorism" offers a new article by Phillip Gordon on the War on Terror.
  • The new MyPoliSciKit for International Politics is a premium online learning resource that features multimedia and interactive activities to help students make connections between concepts and current events. The book-specific assessment, video case studies, role-playing simulations, mapping exercises, Financial Times newsfeeds, and politics blog encourage comprehension and critical thinking. With Grade Tracker, instructors can easily follow students' work on the site and their progress on each activity. MyPoliSciKit is available at no additional charge when packaged with this book. To learn more, please visit or contact your Pearson representative.

Table of Contents

* Selections new to the ninth edition.


PART 1. ANARCHY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES                        

Power and Principle in Statecraft

Hans J. Morgenthau, "Six Principles of Political Realism"

J. Ann Tickner, "A Critique of Morgenthau's Principles of Political Realism"

The Consequences of Anarchy

Kenneth N. Waltz, "The Anarchic Structure of World Politics"

John J. Mearsheimer, "Anarchy and the Struggle for Power"

Alexander Wendt, "Anarchy Is What States Make of It"

The Mitigation of Anarchy

Kenneth A. Oye, "The Conditions for Cooperation in World Politics"

Michael W. Doyle, "Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs"

Stephen M. Walt, "Alliances:  Balancing and Bandwagoning"

Hans J. Morgenthau, "The Future of Diplomacy"

Stanley Hoffmann, "The Uses and Limits of International Law"

Robert O. Keohane, "International Institutions"



The Political Uses of Force

Robert J. Art, "The Four Functions of Force"

Thomas C. Schelling, "The Diplomacy of Violence"

Robert Jervis, "Offense, Defense, and the Security Dilemma"

Bruce Hoffman, "What Is Terrorism?"

The Political Utility of Force Today

Robert J. Art, "The Fungibility of Force"

Robert A. Pape, "The Logic of Suicide Terrorism"                                    

The Spread of Nuclear Weapons

Scott D. Sagan, "Nuclear Instability in South Asia"

Kenneth N. Waltz, "Nuclear Stability in South Asia"

*Barry R. Posen, "Dealing with a Nuclear-Armed Iran"         


Perspectives on Political Economy

Robert Gilpin, "The Nature of Political Economy"

*Michael J. Hiscox, "The Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policies"

Bruce R. Scott, "The Great Divide in the Global Village"

Globalization and Its Critics

Jeffrey Frankel, "The Globalization of the International Economy"

*Pankaj Ghemaway, "Why the World Isn't Flat"

Dani Rodrik, "Trading in Illusions"

John Micklethwait and Adrain  Wooldridge, "Why the Globalization Backlash is Stupid"

*Rawi Abdelal and Adam Segal, "Has Globalization Passed Its Peak?"

The Environment and Climate Change

Garrett Hardin, "The Tragedy of the Commons"

*Colin Kahl, "Demography, Environment, and Civil Strife"

*David G. Victor, "International Cooperation on Climate Change: Numbers, Interests, and Institutions"

*N. Gregory Mankiw, "One Answer to Global Warming:  A New Tax"


Conflict, Interstate War, and Terrorism

Robert Jervis, "The Era of Leading Power Peace"

Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?"

F. Gregory Gause III, "Can Democracy Stop Terrorism?"

*Philip H. Gordon, "Can the War on Terror Be Won?"

Civil Wars, Intervention, and Nation-Building

Robert I. Rotberg, "The Causes of Failed States"

Chaim Kaufmann, "Possible and Impossible Solutions to Ethnic Civil Wars"

James Dobbins, "Nation-Building by the UN and the U.S."

James L. Payne, "Deconstructing Nation Building"

New Actors and New Forces

Andrew Moravcsik, "Europe without Illusions"

Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink, "Transnational Activists Networks"

Sebastian Mallaby, "NGOs:  Fighting Poverty, Hurting the Poor"

*Phil Williams, "Transnational Organized Crime and the State"

Human Rights, Justice, and International Law

Rhoda E. Howard and Jack Donnelly, "Human Rights in World Politics"

*Kofi Annan, "The Duty to Intervene"
Stephen R. Ratner, "International Law: The Trials of Global Norms"
*Neil J. Kritz, "The Dilemmas of Transitional Justice"

Modes of Global Governance

Adam Roberts, "The United Nations and International Security"

Kenneth N. Waltz, "Globalization and Governance"

*John Ikenberry, "Rising Powers and Global Institutions"

*Ivo Daalder and James Lindsay, "Democracies of the World, Unite"

*Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Government Networks and Global Governance" 


Robert J. Art is Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations at Brandeis University, Research Associate at Harvard University's Olin Institute of Strategic Studies, Senior Fellow in M.I.T's Security Studies Program, and Director of M.I.T.'s Seminar XXI Program. In 2006, he was recognized with the Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Studies Association.


Robert Jervis is Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University; he is a former President of the American Political Science Association.