Recommended Reading - Master's
You are not required to do any reading before you start your Master's with us here in the Department. However, if you wanted to familiarise yourself with the subject or were interested in learning more about the course you are going to study, here is an indicative list of readings.
MA Politics, Governance, and Public Policy
Ansell, C. and Torfing, J. (2016) (eds) Handbook on Theories of Governance, Edward Elgar
Cairney, P. (2020) Understanding Public Policy: Theories and Issues, 2nd edition, Palgrave.
Dodds, A. (2018) Comparative Public Policy 2 nd edition, Palgrave
Howlett, M., Ramesh, M. and Perl, A. (2020) Studying Public Policy: Principles and
Processes, 4 th edition, Oxford University Press.
John, P. (2012) Analyzing Public Policy, 3 rd edition, Routledge.
Knill, C. and Tosun, J. (2012/20) Public Policy: A New Introduction, Palgrave (the first edition is available electronically, the 2020 edition in print only).
Levi-Faur, D. (ed.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Governance, Oxford University Press.
Moran, M., Rein, M. and Goodin, R (2006) The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy, Oxford University Press.
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Journal of European Public Policy
Regulation and Governance
Public Policy and Administration
Journal of Risk Research
Policy and Politics
American Political Science Review
International Review of Administrative Sciences
Public Administration Review
International Public Management Journal
International Review of Public Policy
MA International Relations
J. Baylis, P. Owens & S. Smith The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations 8 th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. A clever textbook full of interesting facts and the integration of non-Western perspectives throughout.
C. Weber International Relations Theory: A Critical Introduction. 4 th edition.
London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Accessible textbook with a sophisticated discussion of IR theories, drawing on films.
S.Burchill et al. Theories of International Relations. 5 th edition. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillian, 2013. Textbook with high-quality theoretical discussions.
W. Carlsnaes, T.Risse & B.Simons; Handbook of International Relations.2 nd edition, London: Sage, 2012. Textbook with insightful topical discussions.
M. Hollis & S. Smith; Explaining and Understanding International Relations. Oxford:
Clarendon Press, 1992. An influential book on the development of, and thinking behind, different approaches to IR as a social science.
M. Stephen, R. Walters & C. Scheinpflug; International Relations Theory. Bristol: E-International Relations, 2017. A textbook that is free to download from E-IR:
B.G. Jones (ed) Decolonizing International Relations. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. Key work on post-and decolonial perspectives on IR.
A. Anievas, N. Manchanda & Robbie Shilliam (eds.) ; Race and Racism in International Relations: Confronting the Global Colour Line, London: Routledge, 2014. Comprehensive introduction to race in all facets of IR.
C. Sylvester Feminist International Relations: An Unfinished Journey Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Examines the history of feminists' efforts to include gender relations in the study of IR.
British Journal of Politics and International Relations
European Journal of International Relations
Foreign Policy Analysis
International Political Sociology
International Studies Perspectives
International Studies Quarterly
International Studies Review
Journal of International Relations and Development
Millennium: Journal of International Studies
Review of International Political Economy
Review of International Studies
Third World Quarterly
World Policy Journal
MA International Political Economy
Ravenhill, J. (2020) Global Political Economy (Oxford University Press)
Vivares, E. (2020) The Routledge Handbook of IPE (Routledge)
You are not required to do any prior reading. All of the core books taught in your modules will be available online or in the Library when you start at the University, but hopefully, this will give you an idea of what you will be reading.
While these readings are split up by course, there is a lot of overlap in important topics, content, and discussion within the three disciplines. You are welcome to explore readings from each programme if you wish!
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