International Relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of over 40 central concepts and core theories, relating them at all times to contemporary issues and debates.

Each concept is divided into five sections to allow rapid familiarization with the topic and provide signposts for further exploration:

Core questions to address; Definition; Theoretical perspectives; Empirical problems; Core reading and useful websites

In addition the major theories are covered by six-part entries that give a 360 degree view of the strengths, weaknesses, applications and methodologies of each one:

An introduction to the core questions; Overview and background; Methodologies; Empirical application; Central criticism; Core reading and useful websites

Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.



1. Core Questions Addressed

  • What are the different types of migration?
  • How can migration be conceptualized theoretically?
  • How is international migration related to world politics and what are the institutions regulating international migration on the global scale?

2. Definitions

Migration generally refers to the movement of people that is not merely temporary. If such movement takes place across state boundaries, we refer to it as international migration. In contrast, movement of people within the territory of a state is usually referred to as intrastate or internal migration. Migration across long distances can have various reasons and is not a recent phenomenon, although the political organization of the world into territorial states has altered the possibilities for migration. In fact, massive flows of migrants have accompanied human existence since its ...

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