The following texts are required for this course:
- Karen Mingst and Jack Snyder, eds. Essential Readings in World Politics. 3rd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004.
- Frieden, Jeffry A., and David A. Lake. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2000.
These “readers” conveniently combine a broad range of the most significant contemporary writing concerning international politics. The readings contained within these two anthologies have been edited to provide students with the gist of the authors’ arguments in a bite-sized form. (Frieden & Lake even include editorial notes recapitulating the authors’ arguments.) Students who find their interest piqued by a particular selection would do well to obtain and consider the original material.
The Mingst & Snyder volume costs roughly $30 online. Frieden & Lake, by contrast, costs upwards of $80 online. In the case of Frieden & Lake, however, students should note several caveats. First, the bookstore has obtained a number of used copies of the text which ought to run around $50. Second, the library has placed two copies of the text on reserve. Third, an electronic version is available online here. Finally, students might also note that I assign the Frieden & Lake text in my course “International Political Economy.” Those interested in that course too might find it worthwhile to obtain a good copy of the text. Students are free to use either the 4th or the 5th edition.
All other readings are available either through the college’s electronic reserves or via the web addresses supplied.
The E-Reserve material for this course is available via this link.
If you have forgotten the password required to access this material, consult this page.
Students are encouraged to review my Reading Guide.