The Global Future: A Brief Introduction to World Politics

  • AUTHORS: Charles W. Kegley Jr.; Gregory A. Raymond
  • ISBN-13: 9781133608486 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 400 Pages  Paperback 
  • 5th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2012, 2012
  • ©2014     Published
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About The Product

THE GLOBAL FUTURE: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS, Fifth Edition is a concise overview of the study of world politics, based on the framework of Charles Kegley's best-selling WORLD POLITICS: TREND AND TRANSFORMATION. Written in a way that speaks to students with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities, THE GLOBAL FUTURE provides concepts and analytical tools to help readers understand contemporary events and emerging global trends. Every chapter contains thought-provoking case studies, box inserts with rival views on current controversies, a marginal glossary, as well as vivid graphs, maps, and photographs. Centering on the latest international developments, this text encourages students to form their own opinions about the pressing security, economic, and environmental problems of the twenty-first century. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections


  • Each chapter introduces case studies to help students think more critically.
  • "Controversy" boxes present essential debates in the field.

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.

  • Gregory A. Raymond

    Gregory A. Raymond is a University Distinguished Professor at Boise State University, where he holds the the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs. Raymond has received nine major teaching awards, including Idaho Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and has published numerous articles articles and books, including THIRD WORLD POLITICS OF INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS, which received an Outstanding Academic Book Award from the American Library Association. Together Kegley and Raymond have coauthored and/or coedited nine books on foreign policy and world politics as well as more than two dozen published articles. A graduate of Park College and the University of South Carolina, Raymond was a Pew Faculty Fellow at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

1. Analyzing World Politics.
2. Theories of World Politics.
3. The Historical Setting of Contemporary World Politics.
4. States and Foreign Policy Decision Making.
5. Intergovernmental Organizations and Global Governance.
6. Nongovernmental Organizations and Transnational Relations.
7. Patterns of Armed Conflict.
8. Arms, Alliances, and Coercive Diplomacy.
9. International Law and Human Rights.
10. The Globalization of International Trade and Finance.
11. The Political Economy of Inequality and Development.
12. Global Environmental Trends and the Future of World Politics.

New to this Edition

  • Learning Objectives open each chapter.
  • A critical thinking activity has been added to the end of each chapter.
  • Enhanced coverage of the debate over counterinsurgency versus counterterrorism policies and their application to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Focus on hot topics such as communications, terrorism, ethnic conflict, and the role of multinational corporations.
  • The total number of chapters has been reduced from 15 to 12.
  • Restructuring of the text including the following:
  • a) The chapter on "The Global South" now emphasizes global inequalities and development and accompanies the other political economy chapters that deal with trade, finance, and monetary relations.
  • b) Material on globalization has been moved to earlier in the text and combined with the treatment of nonstate actors.
  • c) The chapters on international law and human rights have been merged.
  • New exercises linked to a specific theoretical puzzle presented in the chapter.
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