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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, who set the standard for the scientific approach to international relations, has returned with a reformulated fifth edition based on extensive reviewer feedback and newly guided by an emphasis on questions about the causes and consequences of war, peace, and world order. More than ever before, the strategic perspective in international relations is examined with complete clarity, precision, and accessibility. What hasn't changed is Bueno de Mesquita's commitment to covering the fundamentals of IR. The foundational topics are all given sustained treatment: the major theories of war, the domestic sources of international politics, the democratic peace, the problems of terrorism, the role of foreign aid, democratization, international political economy, globalization, international organizations and law, human rights, and the global environment. Â ...

Introduction
Introduction

Leaders in democracies, like President Obama, generally get elected by winning support for their domestic policies but then they must go ahead and formulate foreign policies whether they were selected on that basis or not. Here we see President Obama campaigning among prospective Hispanic voters with whom his immigration policies gave him a significant edge over his Republican rival, Mitt Romney. With their support, he has won a second term in which he will need to confront economic and security problems all around the globe, many of which were not high on the list of priorities of his voters. All of international affairs is shaped by domestic political considerations.

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