IR, 2014 Edition

  • includes CourseMate Printed Access Card
  • AUTHORS: James M. Scott; Ralph G. Carter; A. Cooper Drury
  • ISBN-13: 9781111344238 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 464 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2014     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

Created by the continuous feedback of a “student-tested, faculty-approved” process, IR delivers a visually appealing, succinct print component, tear-out review cards for students and prep cards for instructors, and a consistent online offering with CourseMate that includes an eBook in addition to a set of interactive digital tools all at a value-based price and proven to increase retention and outcomes. Conversational, affordable, authored by top instructors in the field, and designed for today’s students, IR explores the challenges of international politics and the evolving search for security in a complicated and connected world. Students will learn about current issues affecting the globe and discover how international actors seek international, economic, and human security through a variety of theoretical lenses. Strong themes, structured pedagogy, and an appealing layout provide students with the materials they need to understand the important concepts of International Relations and how they apply to current world events and them. Includes unique chapters on Human Security and Transnational Advocacy Networks (TAN). Along with its wealth of multimedia study tools, CourseMate now provides access to “International Relations NewsWatch,” a dynamic new resource providing real-time, up-to-date news and information from dozens of leading international media outlets. CourseMate also gives you access to the “KnowNow!” blog for International Relations which pulls together multiple weekly reports into succinct, course-related analyses along with video and discussion questions.


  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes complete with an engaging print textbook, tear-out prep cards, an interactive digital solution (CourseMate), and an eBook--all of which were directly influenced from focus groups, surveys and interviews with nearly 150 faculty and students.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Tear-out Review Cards at the back of the Student Edition provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation, through chapter summaries correlated to the Learning Objectives, visuals, key terms and definitions, and tips and ideas for research and writing in International Relations.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes with CourseMate, the interactive digital component that offers a full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles. An interactive eBook, International Relations NewsWatch, animated learning modules, PowerPoint® presentations, web links, interactive timelines, quizzes, simulations, flashcards, glossaries, crossword puzzles, and more are only a click away.
  • CourseMate now includes International Relations NewsWatch, a real-time news and information resource, updated daily, which includes interactive maps, videos, podcasts, and hundreds of articles from leading journals, magazines, and newspapers from around the world including The Nation, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The National Review, and more.
  • All of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none including Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides, a Test Bank in both Microsoft® Word® and ExamView® formats, an Instructor Manual, and a Resource Integration Guide to help you see where resources align with the text’s content, chapter by chapter. The book-specific slides of lecture outlines, photos, figures, and tables from the text make it easy for you to assemble lectures for your course, while the media-enhanced slides help bring your lecture to life with audio and video clips, animated learning modules, tables, statistical charts, graphs, and photos from the book as well as outside sources.
  • “Theory in Action.” World politics is the result of real people making decisions and choices, and it’s important for students to see how ideas shape our decisions and actions. These features demonstrate how ideas are directly translated into policy and action, and each ends with a set of critical-thinking questions. For students, these can take the mystery out of why they are expected to learn the underlying theories of international politics.
  • “The Revenge of Geography.” As globalization has caused national boundaries to mean less and less, the physical realities of geography retain their importance. These features incorporate maps, mapping exercises, and discussion questions alongside a case demonstrating how geography can influence international relations.
  • “The Role of the U.S.” IR uses a balance of global examples throughout. With this feature, U.S. students are given a specific look into how their country figures into the topic at hand and how their lives connect to the material. Such an emphasis keeps the content relevant to students and helps maintain their interest in the subject matter. Each ends with a critical-thinking question.
  • “Learning Objectives.” Every chapter-opening page includes Learning Objectives that let students know what concepts will be covered in that chapter and the key concepts they should take away as they read. These are correlated with each major section of the chapter and the corresponding study tools. This allows students to quickly locate where a particular topic is discussed.
  • “Anarchy, Diversity, and Complexity.” IR utilizes a theme of the search for security, which is complicated by three fundamental challenges that condition the behavior, interactions, and processes of world politics: anarchy of the international system, diversity in the international system, and complexity of international interactions. Marginal icons appear beside relevant discussions in the text to serve as subtle reminders for students to look for these themes woven throughout the study of international relations.
  • “Spotlight On. . .” boxed features elucidate topics that may need more explanation (such as a primer on money in Chapter 8) and highlight interesting cases.
  • “End of Chapter Study Tools, Review Questions, and For More Information.” Each chapter provides students with this toolbox of resources for study and review, including 4-6 review questions tied to the Learning Objectives to help students test their comprehension; a list of additional print, media, and online resources with a description of each that students can use for further study or class assignments; and a reminder about the Chapter in Review cards in the back of the book and the interactive study tools available on CourseMate.

About the Contributor

  • James M. Scott

    James M. Scott is Herman Brown Chair and Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. His areas of specialization include foreign policy analysis and international relations, with particular emphasis on U.S. foreign policymaking and the domestic sources of foreign policy. He is author or editor of seven books (including this one), and over 60 articles, book chapters, review essays, and other publications. He has been conference organizer and president of both the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association, and the Midwest region of the International Studies Association. He has also been a two-time winner of the Klingberg Award for Outstanding Faculty Paper at the ISA Midwest Annual Meeting. Since 1996 he has received over two dozen awards from students and peers for his outstanding teaching and research, including his institution’s highest awards for scholarship (2000 and 2001), teaching (2002) and research mentoring (2002). He directed the Democracy Interdependence and World Politics Summer Research Program, a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, from 2005-2014, and he is currently an associate editor of FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS. In 2012, he received the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association – Midwest for outstanding scholarship and service.

  • Ralph G. Carter

    Ralph G. Carter is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at Texas Christian University. His areas of specialization include international relations and comparative foreign policy analysis, with particular emphasis on the domestic sources of foreign policy. He is author or editor of five books (including this one), five monographs, the 44 essay “Foreign Policy Analysis” component of the International Studies Encyclopedia, and over 50 articles, book chapters, review essays, and other publications. He has served the International Studies Association as a member of its Executive Committee and other committees, President of its Foreign Policy Analysis section, President of its Midwest region, Associate Editor of its journal FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS, and is currently a member of the editorial boards of FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS and INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PERSPECTIVES. He also has served on the program committee of the American Political Science Association. In 2006 he became the first person from an undergraduate department to receive the International Studies Association’s Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award. He has received three dozen teaching awards or recognitions, including being named one of the five “Best Professors” at TCU by the Texas Monthly 2004 Guide to Texas Colleges and Universities, as one of The Best 300 Professors by Princeton Review, and as one of 10 Piper Professors of Texas in 2014.

  • A. Cooper Drury

    A. Cooper Drury is professor and chair of Political Science at the University of Missouri. His research and teaching focus broadly on foreign policy and international political economy. More specifically, he focuses on the causes and consequences of economic sanctions. He has published extensively on the use, effect, and consequences of economic statecraft, including two books and over 20 articles and chapters. He is the two-time winner of the Klingberg Award for Outstanding Faculty Paper at the ISA Midwest Annual Meeting. Professor Drury has trained over a dozen doctoral students and received his University’s Gold Chalk Award for excellence in graduate education and mentoring. He has been the president of the Foreign Policy section of the International Studies Association as well as the president of the association’s Midwest region. In 2013, the ISA Midwest awarded him the Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy Analysis.

Table of Contents

1. World Politics: Seeking Security in a Complicated and Connected World.
2. The Playing Field and Players: Anarchy, States, and Non-State Actors.
3. Powerful Ideas: Liberalism and Realism.
4. Alternative Perspectives on International Relations.
5. Understanding Conflict: The Nature and Causes of Conflict and War.
6. Seeking Security: Managing Conflict and War.
7. Building Peace: Structures and Institutions of Cooperation.
8. The Pursuit of Money: Trade, Finance, and Integration.
9. Economic Statecraft: Sanctions, Aid, and their Consequences.
10. International Development: Relations between the Haves and Have-Nots.
11. Human Rights: Protecting the Most Basic Security.
12. Managing the Environment: Sharing the World or Dividing the World.
13. Transnational Advocacy Networks: Changing the World?
14. Security in the Balance: Future Directions and Challenges.


Teacher Components

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