International Relations is the study of international, or transnational relations. It can be said to have four basic branches: international law, comparative politics, political science and economics. These branches cover topics such as foreign policy decision-making processes, international trade and finance, multinational corporations and global economic governance. International Relations research tends to focus on how these issues affect countries and their citizens both in terms of power dynamics (for example inequality) but also development prospects for people living in poorer countries.

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