World Politics: Trend and Transformation, 2013 - 2014 Update Edition

  • AUTHORS: Charles W. Kegley Jr.; Shannon L. Blanton
  • ISBN-13: 9781111830106 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 624 Pages  Paperback 
  • 14th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2013, 2011
  • ©2014     Published
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About The Product

WORLD POLITICS: TREND AND TRANSFORMATION offers analysis of the most up-to-date data, research, and contemporary events from today’s international political stage. Students will understand what is happening today and why. This 2013-2014 UPDATE EDITION incorporates recent changes in leadership, the latest on the economic crisis, social media, and military technology, and new data from World Development Indicators and more. Our new partnership with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs provides more coverage of contemporary issues and resources to explore those issues than ever before. Co-author Shannon L. Blanton incorporates key concepts into the text from major theoretical perspectives to look at both historical and contemporary developments. This edition addresses topics such as war, terrorism, human rights, the environment, and international development while emphasizing an institutional approach to resolving international conflict. The authors present each issue in a thought-provoking way that encourages students to critically assess the problems, payoffs, pitfalls, and paradoxes of people’s choices about the global future and the probable impact those choices will have on students in the future.


  • Throughout the text, “Controversy” boxes examine the opposing positions on major issues of current or classic import in the sphere of international relations. These essays encourage students to think critically about rival viewpoints and to develop their own opinions.
  • “A Closer Look” boxes reflect the book’s new partnership with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. These boxes address contemporary issues and conclude with critical thinking questions and links to relevant readings and hundreds of video clips on the Carnegie Council website.
  • The illustration program--including full-color photographs, maps, tables, and figures--broadens the book’s coverage, provokes interest, and helps students visualize core ideas. The new photographs and illustrations in this edition have been selected to introduce the timeliest topics, with detailed captions that explain their relevance to the larger issues discussed in the text.
  • Marginal definitions streamline studying.
  • Margin icons correlate the text to specific exercises on the WORLD POLITICS CourseMate site. Students can play out a simulation, watch a video, get acquainted with the nuts and bolts of a difficult concept through an animated learning module, view interactive maps, and more, right when those tools add the most to what they’re learning in the book.
  • Each chapter ends with a list of Suggested Readings featuring the latest scholarship and most up-to-date sources to help students prepare for their papers and essays. The students are also directed to a practice quiz where they can assess their understanding of the material.
  • “Suggested Video Resources” is a new chapter-ending feature directing students to online videos to enhance their understanding of the material.

About the Contributor

  • Charles W. Kegley Jr.

    Charles William Kegley is a past president of the International Studies Association, and has been serving the past two decades on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Kegley holds the title of Pearce Distinguished Professor of International Relations Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. A graduate of the American University (B.A.) and Syracuse University (Ph.D.) and a Pew Faculty Fellow at Harvard University, Kegley previously served on the faculty at Georgetown University, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Texas, Rutgers University, the People's University of China, and the Institute Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales Et du Développement in Geneva Switzerland. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association. A founding partner of Kegley International, Inc. (a publishing, research, and consulting foundation), Kegley has authored more than 50 scholarly books and over 100 articles in journals.

  • Shannon L. Blanton

    Shannon Lindsey Blanton is a professor in the Department of Government at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she is also the inaugural dean of the UAB Honors College. She is a past vice provost for undergraduate programs, department chair and undergraduate coordinator, and has served nationally as a facilitator for leadership development in higher education. A graduate of Georgia College (B.A.), the University of Georgia (M.A.), and the University of South Carolina (Ph.D.), she has received numerous research awards and professional recognitions. She has served on a number of editorial boards, including those for four of the discipline's foremost journals: International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Interactions, and International Studies Perspectives. She has published articles on U.S. foreign policy decision-making, with a focus on the determinants and consequences of U.S. arms transfers and foreign aid. Her work has also examined the significance of human rights concerns in global political and economic interactions.

Table of Contents

1. Interpreting World Politics.
2. Theories of World Politics.
3. International Decision Making.
4. Great Power Rivalries and Relations.
5. The Global South in a World of Powers.
6. Nonstate Actors and the Quest for Global Community.
7. The Threat of Armed Aggression to the World.
8. The Pursuit of Power through Arms and Alliances.
9. The Quest for Peace through International Law and Collective Security.
10. The Globalization of International Finance.
11. International Trade in the Global Marketplace.
12. The Demographic and Cultural Dimensions of Globalization.
13. The Promotion of Human Development and Human Rights.
14. Global Responsibility for the Preservation of the Environment.
15. Looking Ahead at Global Trends and Transformations.

New to this Edition

  • A new partnership with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs provides more coverage of contemporary issues and resources to explore those issues than ever before.
  • Updates on global leadership changes, including those in Russia, France, and 2012 U.S. presidential election coverage.
  • The latest information advances in military technology and on nuclear weapons testing in Iran, North Korea, India, and more.
  • 2012 updates on the world economic crisis and the recession in the U.S.
  • New coverage on the role of social media in world politics, as well as internet censorship.
  • Updates on the status of women throughout the world.
  • The latest information on the World Bank, IMF, and Iran and Israel tensions.
  • New information on environmental issues, including the latest sustainable energy sources.
  • New pictures and text coverage of pivotal events in 2012.
  • Updates on data in the text, tables, and figures to include that which is most recently available, including new World Development Indicators data and more.
  • Incorporation of new studies from the current academic and popular literature.
  • An all-new “Controversy” box.


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