Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2020: Contemporary Theories of World Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.


Dunne, T., Kurki, M., and Smith, S. (eds.), International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).



Baldwin, D. (ed) Neorealism and Neoliberalism: The Contemporary Debate (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993).

Brown, C. and Ainley, K., Understanding International Relations (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Carlsnaes, W., Risse, T., and Simmons, B. A. (eds.), Handbook of International Relations (London: Sage, 2002).

Brown, C., Nardin, T., and Rengger, N. J. (eds.), International Relations in Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Carr, E. H., The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919-1939 (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2001 [1939])

Enloe, C., Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989).

Hasenclever, A., Mayer, P., and Rittberger, V., Theories of International Regimes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Hollis, M., and Smith, S., Explaining and Understanding International Relations (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990).

Keohane, R. O., After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984).

Keohane, R. (ed), Neorealism and its Critics (New York: Columbia University Press, 1986).

Morgenthau, H. J., Politics Among Nations: The Struggles for Power and Peace (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993).

Roach, S., Critical Theory and International Relations: A Reader (Abingdon: Routledge, 2006).

Waltz, K., Theory of International Politics (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979).

Wendt, A., Social Theory of International Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).