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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $49.00
  • Forthcoming: January 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-66461-4
  • 712 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Essential Readings in World Politics

Seventh Edition


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Heather Elko McKibben (Author, University of California, Davis), Karen A. Mingst (Author, University of Kentucky), Jack L. Snyder (Author, Columbia University)


An affordable, balanced collection—refreshed and reimagined

With 20% new readings, this edition introduces students to key classic and contemporary works in international relations. Readings are contextualized with insightful headnotes written by three leading scholars. The selections reflect diverse perspectives on the field’s major topics. New readings on issues such as populism, cybersecurity, and international cooperation reflect the current state of global politics.


20% NEW readings combined with must-have classics

Instructors have always loved this thoughtful mix of classic readings and more contemporary work. The Seventh Edition maintains this balance while connecting readings to several new topics and issues.

The perfect pairing with Norton’s core textbooks

The selections have been carefully selected to amplify the themes and concepts in Norton’s best-selling textbooks, World Politics by Frieden, Lake, Schultz, and Essentials of International Relations, by Mingst, McKibben, and Arreguín-Toft. Package with World Politics or Essentials of International Relations for 50% off.

The highest quality reader at an affordable price

Whether used alone or paired with a text,students get a comprehensive collection of readings in international relations for a fantastic price.

    1.    Approaches to International Relations

    a.     Snyder, One World, Rival Theories

    b.     Thucydides, Melian Dialogue from The Peloponnesian War

    c.     Hobbes, from Leviathan

    d.     Kant, from Perpetual Peace

    e.     NEW Ted Hopf, The Promise of Constructivism in International Relations Theory

    2.     Historical Context

    a.     Wilson, The Fourteen Points

    b.     Kennan, The Sources of Soviet Conduct

    c.     Fukuyama, The End of History?

    d.     Huntington, Clash of Civilizations

    e.     NEW G. John Ikenberry The End of  Liberal International Order?

    3.    International Relations Theories

    a.     Morgenthau, A Realist Theory of International Politics from Politics Among Nations

    b.     Mearsheimer, Anarchy and the Struggle for Power, from The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

    c.     Doyle, Liberalism and World Politics

    d.     Wendt, Anarchy Is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power Politics

    e.     Lenin, from Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism

    4.    Levels of Analysis (formerly the International System)

    a.     Morgenthau, The Balance of Power, from Politics Among Nations

    b.     Christensen, From The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices 

    c.     NEW Selections from Alastair Iain Johnston, How New and Assertive is China’s New Assertiveness?; Is Chinese Nationalism Rising?; Can China Back Down  Crisis De-escalation in the Shadow of Popular Opposition?

    d.     Jervis, Hypotheses on Misperception

    e.     Yarhi-Milo, In the Eye of the Beholder: How Leaders and Intelligence Communities Assess the Intentions of Adversaries

    5.    The State and the Tools of Statecraft

    a.     Putnam, Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games

    b.     NEW Barry R. Posen, The Security Dilemma and Ethnic Conflict

    6.    War and Security

    a.     Clausewitz, War as an Instrument of Policy, from On War

    b.     Schelling, The Diplomacy of Violence, from Arms and Influence

    c.     Fearon, Rationalist Explanations for War

    d.     NEW Waltz, Why Iran Should Get the Bomb: Nuclear Balancing Would Mean Stability

    e.     NEW Scott Sagan and Benjamin Valentino, Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran:  What Americans Really Think about Using Nuclear Weapons and Killing Noncombatants

    f.      Fortna, Do Terrorists Win? Rebels’ Use of Terrorism and Civil War Outcomes

    g.     NEW Erica Borghard and Shawn Lonergan, The Logic of Coercion in Cyberspace


    7.     International Cooperation and International Law (New chapter)


    a.     NEW Harold Hongju Koh, How Is International Rights Law Enforced?

    b.     NEW Robert Axelrod and Robert Keohane Achieving Cooperation Under Anarchy: Strategies and Institutions

    c.     NEW Andrew Guzman, International Law: A Compliance-Based Theory

    d.     Jervis, Cooperation under the Security Dilemma

    8.    International Political Economy

    a.     Gilpin, The Nature of Political Economy, from U.S. Power and the Multinational Corporation

    b.     Krasner, State Power and the Structure of International Trade

    c.     NEW Edward Alden, from Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left behind in the Global Economy

    d.     NEW Fareed Zakaria, Populism on the March

    e.     Drezner, The Irony of Global Economic Governance: The System Worked

    9.    Intergovernmental Organizations and Nongovernmental Organizations

    a.     Power, Bystanders to Genocide: Why the United States Let the Rwandan Tragedy Happen

    b.     Keohane, From After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy

    c.     Mearsheimer, The False Promise of International Institutions

    d.     Keck and Sikkink, Transnational Advocacy Networks in International Politics, from Activists beyond Borders

    e.     Barnett and Finnemore, The Politics, power, and Pathologies of International Organizations

    f.      NEW Erik Voeten, The Political Origins of the UN Security Council’s Ability to Legitimize the Use of Force

    10.  Human Rights

    a.     Sen, Human Rights and Capabilities

    b.     Donnelly, Human Rights and Cultural Relativism

    c.     Simmons, from Mobilizing for Human Rights

    d.     Roth, Defending Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Practical Issues Faced by an international Human Rights Organization

    11.   Human Security: Migration, Global Health, and the Environment

    a.     Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons

    b.     Barrett, Why Have Climate Negotiations Proved So Disappointing?

    c.     NEW Valerie Hudson and Hilary Matfess, In Plain Sight: The Neglected Linkage Between Brideprice and Violent Conflict

    d.     NEW Kate Cronin-Furman, Six Questions About the Rohingya Crisis