Understanding International Relations

  title={Understanding International Relations},
  author={Chris Brown},
This concise introductory text for students approaching the subject of international relations for the first time takes as its starting point the main theoretical approaches which have been adopted historically and shows how these can be applied to understanding the central questions of war and peace, poverty and wealth, economic management and global governance confronting the world today. The second edition has been revised and updated throughout with increased coverage of globalization and… 

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  • May Darwich
  • Political Science
    Foreign Policy Analysis
  • 2021
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International Politics and Foreign Policy: A Reader in Research and Theory . Edited by James N. Rosenau. (New York: The Free Press of Glencoe, Inc., 1961. Pp. xiv, 511. $8.50.)

  • E. R. Platig
  • Political Science
    American Political Science Review
  • 1962
with mass membership in which interests are constantly being negotiated. The national hero is rigidly constrained by the party. Political participation and debate are encouraged so long as they are