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Global Politics in the Human Interest, 5th edition

Mel Gurtov
Global Politics in the Human Interest, 5th edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-484-8
2007/391 pages/LC: 2007003277

Praise for the previous editions:

"A much-needed alternative to the usual treatment of world politics."—International Journal of Comparative Sociology

"Mel Gurtov's enormous contribution is to provide an alternative to the misplaced faith in global markets and the nation-state system as the best means to provide for human needs and genuine security."—Paul Joseph, Tufts University


Traditional studies of world politics emphasize the struggle between states as they search for national security. But increasing interdependence has transformed the world political agenda, creating the need for new tools to explain the changing reality of global politics. Global Politics in the Human Interest provides those tools.

This fully revised fifth edition thoroughly covers post-September 11 developments. Addressing such interrelated issues as terrorism, democratic transitions, nationalism, human rights violations, armed conflicts, economic globalization, and sustainable development, Gurtov explores the threats and opportunities posed by the changing world order. The book retains its practical bent, revealing how global politics affects the quality and content of people's lives.


Mel Gurtov is professor of political science and international studies at Portland State University. His most recent book is Superpower on Crusade: The Bush Doctrine in US Foreign Policy. Professor Gurtov is editor-in-chief of Asian Perspective a quarterly journal in international affairs.


  • Crisis and Interdependence in Contemporary World Politics.
  • (CASE STUDY: 9/11 and the War on Terror.)
  • Realism and Corporate Globalism in Theory and Practice.
  • (CASE STUDIES: Postwar Planning for the "American Century." Capitalist Dominoes The Mexican and Asian Financial Crises. Another American Century? The Invasion of Iraq.)
  • World Politics in Global-Humanist Perspective.
  • (CASE STUDIES: The US-Soviet Arms Race During the Cold War. North Korea, Iran, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.)
  • The Third World and the Fourth: Human Rights, Environmental Decline, and Underdevelopment.
  • Case Studies of Crisis and Renewal.
  • The United States and China: Cooperation or Conflict?
  • Europe, Russia, and Japan in a Multipolar World.
  • In the Human Interest: An Agenda for Transforming World Politics.
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