An Introduction to International Relations Theory: by Jill Steans, Lloyd Pettiford, Thomas Diez, Imad El-Anis

By Jill Steans, Lloyd Pettiford, Thomas Diez, Imad El-Anis

This long-awaited new edition has been absolutely updated and revised by means of the unique authors in addition to new contributors of the writer team. Based on decades of lively examine and educating it takes the discipline's so much tricky features and makes them available and engaging.

Each bankruptcy builds up an figuring out of the various methods of the world.  The readability of presentation permits scholars to swiftly improve a theoretical framework and to use this information greatly as a fashion of realizing either extra complicated theoretical texts and occasions in global politics.

Suitable for first and moment 12 months undergraduates learning diplomacy and diplomacy theory.

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Just as the separation of powers implies that the essence of sovereignty is difficult to pin down or locate, contemporary liberals argue that the state can cede some elements of its sovereignty to other bodies, such as, for example, the United Nations or the European Union. Furthermore, actors such as multinational corporations (MNCs), international and regional institutions – for example, the United Nations, FIFA, the Organisation of African Unity – international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Greenpeace or Amnesty International, new social movements and even terrorist groups can also be said to be influential.

Thus, they concluded, liberal states do not fight wars with each other. The implications of such a finding were that there existed in world politics a liberal ‘zone of peace’. Moreover, democratisation along liberal lines was a recipe for peace. The prescriptive implication was that, in the interests of advancing world peace, foreign policies should include democratisation and human rights as central planks. Democratic peace theory is sometimes held to be the closest IR has come to establishing a ‘law’ of international relations (in the scientific sense).

It was believed that, when the economic climate was harsh, states immediately took action to protect their own economies. Typically, this involved measures to protect domestic markets, such as increasing tariffs. The knock-on effects of such ‘selfish’ behaviour were a slow-down in world trade and, eventually, international recession. The BWS was designed to create a framework in which it would be difficult for states to act in a self-interested way when the going got tough by, at one and the same time, discouraging protectionism and providing a helping hand to countries in temporary economic difficulties.

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