Undergraduate students in most preliminary courses in international politics are introduced to realist, liberal, and constructivist approaches, supplementing this theoretical introduction with conceptual discussions of the state, international system, and/or decision-making and policy formation. By the end of their college experience, undergraduate IR majors will engage coursework more narrowly focused on an empirical outcome, such as war, economic integration, development, or migration. These advanced courses are directly linked to modern research agendas and graduate level course material, usually with few references to the theoretical paradigms taught in introductory classes. This volume seeks to bridge the gap between what is taught in early undergraduate education and what is created by scholars, uniting abstract theoretical principles with practical contemporary policy and testable empirical questions.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 237 x 159 x 17 mm
This is a book that takes seriously the idea that anarchy and hierarchy coexist in world politics. It offers both theory and case material to help readers comprehend the balance between the two main concepts as played out in world politics.--Patrick James, University of Southern California
Rhamey and Kugler apply a unifying theoretical lens (about hierarchy in world politics) to motivate discussions of international conflict, international cooperation, and future challenges and past lessons. They knit together what we know about the structure of the international system and the sources of power within states to present arguments about a wide range of IR activity. An excellent book for an upper-level IR theory course.--Douglas Lemke, Pennsylvania State University