Research and Writing in International Relations, Third Edition, offers the step-by-step guidance and the essential resources needed to compose political science papers that go beyond description and into systematic and sophisticated inquiry.

This book provides concise, easy-to-use advice to help students develop more advanced papers through step-by-step descriptions, examples, and resources for every stage of the paper writing process. The book focuses on areas where students often need guidance: understanding how international relations theory fits into research, finding a topic, developing a question, reviewing the literature, designing research, and last, writing the paper.

Including current and detailed coverage on how to start research in the discipline’s major subfields, Research and Writing in International Relations gives students a classroom-tested approach that leads to better research and writing in introductory and advanced classes.

New to the Third Edition:

  • A new first chapter that gives an overview of the relationship between international relations theory and research in international relations, demonstrating how theoretical frameworks shape the concepts utilized, topics selected, and questions posed in international relations research.
  • Revised topic chapters that include updates to the scholarly literature and data sources
  • Revised descriptions of the areas of study that incorporate new research topics (like global inequality)
  • Additional perspectives from international relations theory.

part I|107 pages

The Research and Writing Process

chapter 1|26 pages

Grounding Research in Theory

chapter 2|12 pages

Topic Selection and Question Development

chapter 5|25 pages

Analysis and Writing

part II|78 pages

Project Resources

chapter 7|16 pages

U.S. Foreign Policy

chapter 8|16 pages

International Political Economy

chapter 9|15 pages

International Law and Organization

chapter 10|14 pages

Globalization/Global Issues

part III|28 pages

Writing Resources

chapter 11|8 pages

Organizing Sources and Notes

chapter 12|12 pages

Citing Sources

chapter 13|6 pages

Following Style Guidelines