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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $49.00
  • July 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-28366-2
  • 712 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Essential Readings in World Politics

Sixth Edition


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Karen A. Mingst (Editor, University of Kentucky), Jack L. Snyder (Editor, Columbia University)


The best balance of classic and contemporary readings, complete articles, and book excerpts, reflecting a wide range of perspectives at an unmatched value.

Essential Readings in World Politics introduces students to key literature in international relations and provides everything instructors need to round out their syllabus, including classic readings and contemporary articles on ongoing international issues drawn from a wide range of sources and accompanied by headnotes offering the context and background that introductory students need. In the Sixth Edition, 23 new readings offer diverse perspectives on current topics such as the rise of China, the proliferation of terrorism and terrorist groups, international human rights, and the consequences—and failures—of international climate negotiations. The chapters complement Mingst and Arreguín-Toft’s companion text, Essentials of International Relations, and can be packaged at a discount with that text or used on its own.


New readings emphasize the topics that engage students the most

The selection of 23 new readings—for a total of 52 and more than 40 percent of the text—has been guided by extensive instructor feedback to balance the classic readings and bring the Sixth Edition entirely up-to-date. New selections include an important classic, Putnam’s “The Logic of Two-Level Games,” as well as numerous pieces reflecting contemporary scholarship, including 9 articles that have been published since 2011, 6 of which have been published since 2014.  

The perfect companion to any international relations textbook

The chapters of Essential Readings in World Politics correspond directly with those of Essentials of International Relations, Seventh Edition, reinforcing and expanding on concepts and analysis while offering flexibility to instructors and value to students. Essential Readings in World Politics can also be used in conjunction with other textbooks, as it reflects leading scholarship on core topics of the discipline, including the foundational theories, levels of analysis, causes of war, international political economy, IGOs, human rights, and transnational issues. This reader is also widely adopted as a brief, low-cost standalone text ideal for any instructor interested in assigning primary readings.  

An unbeatable value

Essential Readings in World Politics can be packaged with Essentials of International Relations, Seventh Edition, or World Politics, Third Edition, at a 50 percent discount.  

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