For undergraduate-level courses in international relations or world politics. International Relations and World Politics structures itself around three basic conceptual perspectives: realism, liberalism/pluralism, and globalism; three broad concepts: security, economy, and identity; and three key trends: globalization, interdependence, and crises of authority to improve students conceptual and theoretical thinking about international relations. Paul R. Viotti and Mark V. Kauppi wrote this book because they believe it is possible and essential to improve a student's conceptual and theoretical thinking about international relations. If one does not think conceptually, a course in world politics threatens to become little more than current events. Hence, they structured the book in such a way that key concepts, themes, and trends are utilized throughout the discussion of various topics.Viotti, Paul R. is the author of 'International Relations and World Politics Security, Economy, Identity', published 2006 under ISBN 9780131844155 and ISBN 0131844156.