This book provides an overview of the entire discipline of world affairs in a way that makes immediate sense, i.e. systematic, cogent and comprehensive. It is also a critique of the limits that rationalism sets on how we know world affairs, showing how we might transcend these limits by augmenting rationalist research with non-rationalist techniques. It should appeal to anyone interest in why analysts so often seem to explain world affairs inaccurately and misunderstand what these affairs mean.
RALPH PETTMAN is the Foundation Professor of International Relations at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His publications include Biopolitics and International Values, State and Class: A Sociology of International Affairs and International Politics, Balance of Power, Balance of Productivity, Balance of Ideologies.