Global Issues

Richard J. Payne  
Total pages
November 2013
Related Titles


From democratization, human rights, and global finance to terrorism, pandemics, and climate change, Global Issues is a current and topical look at the forces driving globalization.


This texts surveys global problems that transcend boundaries and are challenging the international system. For global issues or international relations courses, this is the only text of its kind to place complex issues into comprehensive context and thus explain the growing political, economic, and cultural interdependence visible in the headlines and in students’ lives.


Learning Goals

  • Analyze the current forces that are driving globalization.
  • Explain the political, economic, and cultural context of issues around the globe.


  • Provides a theoretical framework to facilitate students’ understanding of specific issues in Chapter 1, “Global Issues: The Challenge of Globalization” and Chapter 2, "The Struggle for Primacy in a Global Society."
  • Explores the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of each issue, placing it in the broader context of globalization and individual human experience. (ex. p. 12)
  • Reinforces students’ understanding of concepts through a marginal glossary. (ex. p. 14)
  • Incorporates numerous maps, photographs, and tables to enliven the text and put issues into deeper context. (ex. p. 159)
  • Uses a conversational writing style and¿real-world examples to make the discussion of global issues accessible to students and easier to relate to their lives.

New to this Edition

  • Every chapter includes thelatest scholarship, examples, and data:
    • Chapter 1, “Global Issues: Challenges of Globalization”: Transitions to democracy and the rise of emerging market countries; the impact of social networks on global affairs; the power of young people to effectuate change in the Middle East and elsewhere. (ex. p. 1)
    • Chapter 2, “The Struggle for Primacy in a Global Society”: The rise of China and the decline of the United States; domestic economic challenges to America’s global power. (ex. p. 24)
    • Chapter 3, “Human Rights”: The global response to the treatment of Libyan civilians; evolving perceptions of a common humanity due to communications and migration; the human rights of homosexuals. (ex. p. 43)
    • Chapter 4, “Promoting Democracy”: Global implications of recent democratic revolutions; the roles of generational change and the Internet in transitions to democracy. (ex. p. 67)
    • Chapter 5, “Global Terrorism”: Counter-terrorism laws, such as the Patriot Act; the killing of Osama Bin-Laden; domestic terrorism, (ex. p. 90)
    • Chapter 6, “Weapons Proliferation”: Developments in nuclear weapons programs, including the New START treaty; the proliferation of small arms. (ex. p. 116)
    • Chapter 7, “The Global Financial Crisis”: Continuing fallout from the crisis, including a global power shift from the G-7 to the G-20. (ex. p. 138)
    • Chapter 8, “Global Trade”: Global companies and the promotion of equality; currency wars and global trade. (ex. p. 156)
    • Chapter 9, “Global Inequality and Poverty”: Poverty as a factor in popular uprisings; the global recession and foreign aid; growing inequality in the United States, Germany, and India; hunger and malnutrition. (ex. p. 180)
    • Chapter 10, “Environmental Issues”: Indigenous peoples and the environment; new efforts to prevent deforestation; climate change and natural catastrophes. (ex. p. 206)
    • Chapter 11, “Population and Migration”: The Romanies in France; new refugees from countries with democratic revolutions; population growth in the developing world contributing to global power shifts; China’s reexamination of its one-child policy. (ex. p. 231)
    • Chapter 12, “Global Crime”: War, ethnic conflict, and crime; government corruption; piracy on the Somali coast and gangs in Central America. (ex. p. 255)
    • Chapter 13, “The Globalization of Disease”: Cholera in Haiti and Congo fever in India. (ex. p. 275)
    • Chapter 14, “Cultural Clashes and Conflict Resolution”: Increasing conflicts between states and non-state actors; attempts to resolve ethnic conflict in Iraq and Sudan. (ex. p. 296)
  • New Case Study features in each chapter look in-depth at specific global issues and ask students to consider potential local, national, and international responses. (ex. p. 19)
  • Additional photos in every chapter tell a more visual story of global issues. (ex. p. 10)
  • A new four-color map insert puts basic geographical knowledge within students’ immediate reach. (ex. p. xix)
  • The fourth edition is presented in a new four-color design to enliven the text.
  • MySearchLab. For over 10 years, instructors and students have reported achieving better results and better grades when a Pearson MyLab has been integrated into the course. MySearchLab provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. A wide range of writing, grammar and research tools and access to a variety of academic journals, census data, Associated Press newsfeeds, and discipline-specific readings help you hone your writing and research skills. To order MySearchLab with the print¿text, use ISBN 0-205-23152-7.
  • Passport. Choose the resources you want from MyPoliSciLab and put links to them into your course management system. If there is assessment associated with those resources, it also can be uploaded, allowing the results to feed directly into your course management system’s gradebook. With MyPoliSciLab assets like videos, mapping exercises, Financial Times newsfeeds, current events quizzes, politics blog, and much more, Passport is available for any Pearson political science book. To order Passport with the print text, use ISBN 0-205-23151-9.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Global Issues: Challenges of Globalization

Chapter 2. The Struggle for Primacy in a Global Society

Chapter 3. Human Rights

Chapter 4. Promoting Democracy

Chapter 5. Global Terrorism

Chapter 6. Weapons Proliferation

Chapter 7. The Global Financial Crisis

Chapter 8. Global Trade

Chapter 9. Global Inequality and Poverty

Chapter 10. Environmental Issues

Chapter 11. Population and Migration

Chapter 12. Global Crime

Chapter 13. The Globalization of Disease

Chapter 14. Cultural Clashes and Conflict Resolution