World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9780393675122

The analytical framework instructors love—and the help students need applying it.

With a framework based on interests, interactions and institutions, World Politics gives students the tools to understand international relations. In the thoroughly updated Fourth Edition, new Controversy units provide models for applying the concepts in each chapter to real-world issues and events. New InQuizitive activities—created and tested by instructors who teach with World Politics—then invite students to practise applying the analytical tools from the text to alternative examples and cases.

Developed and tested by a team of World Politics adopters led by Dustin Tingley (Harvard), with the guidance of the textbook authors, these assignable activities help students get the most out of their reading. InQuizitive’s adaptive approach ensures that each student receives a mix of questions keyed to his or her grasp of the material. As students progress through the InQuizitive activities, they answer questions about fundamental concepts as well as questions that involve applying the concepts to examples and cases. Detailed feedback at each step helps students stay on track.


  • Clear models for analysing real-world cases: In the Fourth Edition, the popular “Controversy” sections in each chapter have been rewritten. They now provide fresh cases and a clearer model for applying concepts to current debates in international politics. “What Shaped Our World” units use the book’s analytical framework to illuminate key historical developments.
  • A contemporary analytical approach — made accessible for introductory students: Written by three leading scholars, World Politics incorporates current research more fully than any other text of its kind. It reflects the way international relations researchers see the field today. The authors’ flexible analytical framework based on interests, interactions and institutions provides the toolkit students need to understand the topic of each chapter.
  • New coverage of today’s greatest international challenges: Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition provides insight into recent developments like the rise of nationalism in Europe and the United States, China’s growing influence, new tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Jeffry A. Frieden
David A. Lake
Kenneth A. Schultz
Chapter 1. What shaped our world? A historical introduction
Chapter 2. Understanding interests, interactions and institutions

Chapter 3. Why are there wars?
Chapter 4. Domestic politics and war
Chapter 5. International institutions and war
Chapter 6. Violence by nonstate actors: Civil war and terrorism

Chapter 7. International trade
Chapter 8. International financial relations
Chapter 9. International monetary relations
Chapter 10. Development: Causes of the wealth and poverty of nations

Chapter 11. International law and norms
Chapter 12. Human rights
Chapter 13. The global environment

Chapter 14. Challenges to the global order

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Textbook: 9780393675122