on February 7, 2013
From my perspective as a person who has had to deal with international relations issues in government work and a bit in an academic setting, I found this book tremendously informative, and more importantly, very readable.
It does more than simply present the major IR theories in an encyclopedic way. This book also adds a few different dimensions and considerations to each approach. It has a relatively neutral approach, and that makes it a bit dry when compared with IR articles written by the “giants” of IR who write with intensity and (sometimes) passion either attacking others or defending their own approaches; but this text is neither stuffy nor dense.
Jackson-Sorensen’s “Introduction to International Relations” provides useful thought-provoking questions as well as some extra references for each chapter. However, the surprising bonus was that the authors have a complementary resources webpage on their publisher’s website. This webpage has some very useful case studies, electronic flashcards (online, or IPad/Nano) and other links to permit readers/ students/ instructors to dive deeper into the subject.
It is a fine book to read for anyone interested in gaining a theoretical appreciation or overview of IR, but it is also very handy text and useful resource for instructors of basic or intro IR as well.