International Relations, 2012-2013 Update Pearson New International Edition, plus MyPoliSciKit without eText

Joshua Goldstein / Jon C. Pevehouse  
July 2013
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Thoroughly updated to cover world affairs through 2012, International Relations is praised for being the most current and comprehensive introduction to international relations theory as well as security, economic, and global issues.


From war and trade to human rights and the environment, this survey explores relations among states and the influence of transnational actors and events. Applying a broad range of theoretical perspectives to show students how to analyze current events, International Relations offers the best tools for understanding what is happening in the world today.


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  • Explore Concepts and Current Events: Drawing on recent political events from Europe’s sovereign debt crisis to the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, this text provides a balanced survey of security, economic, and transnational issues and covers a diverse range of theoretical perspectives.
  • Improve Critical Thinking: "Seeking the Collective Good," "Policy Perspectives," and "Let’s Debate the Issue" boxes helps students apply international relations theory to current world problems.
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Comprehensive coverage of international relations theory.International Relations offers the widest survey of theoretical perspectives, ranging from realism and liberalism to feminism, peace studies, postmodernism, and constructivism. In addition, text-wide discussion of three core principles–dominance, reciprocity, and identity–offer a consistent opportunity to consider the application of theory to different issues. (ex. p. iii)


Balanced emphasis on international security and international political economy. Goldstein/Pevehouse is the only text that equally covers security and economic issues and illustrates how these issues overlap and affect each other. Part I includes chapters on foreign policy, international conflict, military force, and international organizations and law while Part II includes chapters on trade, money and business, global and regional integration, environmental politics and population growth, North-South relations, and international development. (ex. p. iii)


Historical context throughout the text. To place recent trends in the context of the international system’s evolution in the 20th and 21stcenturies, Chapter 1 presents a brief historical survey, and timelines throughout the text provide historical background when needed. (ex. p. 28)


Unparalleled focus on critical thinking. Pedagogical features in every chapter encourage students to make connections between current events and concepts:

  • “Seeking the Collective Good” boxes return to the book’s core theme–the collective goods problem–and present¿an example of a collective good that states want and showing how the three core principles–dominance, reciprocity, and identity–are used to provide it. (ex. p. 68)
  • “Policy Perspectives” boxes ask students to take the perspective of a national leader faced with a real-world situation and to develop a policy in response. These boxes bridge theory and policy and reveal the tradeoffs inherent to decision-making and the connections between foreign and domestic politics. (ex. p. 100)
  • “Let’s Debate the Issue” boxes focus on controversies emerging from globalization and invite students to develop a position on them. Placed at each chapter’s end, these boxes help students use the concepts they just read and prepare for active participation in class. (ex. p. 150)
  • “Careers in IR” boxes help students see the relevance of and the job possibilities in international relations. Careers covered include positions in nongovernmental organizations, government and diplomacy, international business, and teaching/research. (ex. Special Section after Ch. 1)

The most extensive use of illustrations. The numerous four-color figures, tables, photos, and maps enliven the text’s narrative, make abstract concepts more concrete, and facilitate critical thinking:

  • Figures and tables present and clarify quantitative data so students can scrutinize the implications of different theories and policies for themselves. (ex. p. 145)
  • Photos and in-depth captions provide visual examples of important concepts and current events. (ex. p. 180)
  • Maps located throughout the text and in a mini-atlas help students learn basic geography and link politics to places. (ex. p. 66)

Integrated study guide. Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary, list of key terms, and critical thinking questions. (ex. p. 148)

New to this Edition

  • The most up-to-date analysis of world affairs available in any introductory text helps you learn about–and analyze–political, economic, and cultural events throughout the world, including:
    • The Arab Spring uprisings that overthrew governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, threw Syria and Yemen in crisis, and sustain the waves of democratization that are reshaping the international community. (ex. p. 36)
    • The U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, its withdrawal from Iraq, and the start of its withdrawal from Afghanistan. (ex. p. 174)
    • Palestine’s bid for membership in the United Nations, South Sudan’s independence, and Ivory Coast’s installation of a legitimate president. (ex. p. 182)
    • The European financial crisis and the struggle for the future of the euro zone amid street clashes in Greece, bailout negotiations in Brussels, and funding appeals directed to China and Brazil. (ex. p. 361)
    • The success of Russia’s quest to join the World Trade Organization, which now brings the largest of the remaining non-members into the fold and corresponds with Vladimir Putin’s return to Russia’s presidency. (ex. p. 295)
    • The U.S. finalization of trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. (ex. p. 298)
    • The role of new technologies in organizing protests against repressive governments throughout the world and the success of the U.S.-Israeli Stuxnet computer worm in setting back Iran’s nuclear weapons program. (ex. p. 203)
    • The growth of the world’s population past seven billion and the heightening of conflicts over natural resources. (ex. Ch. 11)
  • Tables and figures with most recent data, including new data on GDP after the global recession, migration and refugees, debt in the developing world, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, UN peacekeeping operations, and more. (ex. p. 24)
  • Numerous new photographs from 2011 draw visual attention to current events while reinforcing key concepts in the text. (ex. p. 36)
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Globalization of International Relations

Chapter 2. Liberal and Social Theories

Chapter 3. Foreign Policy

Chapter 4. International Conflict

Chapter 5. Military Force and Terrorism

Chapter 6. International Organization, Law, and Human Rights

Chapter 7. International Trade

Chapter 8. Global Finance and Business

Chapter 9. International Integration

Chapter 10. Environment and Population

Chapter 11. The North-South Gap

Chapter 12. International Development

Chapter 13. Postscript