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Review Test 1 - Test 1 Review Introduction Foundations of International Politics Websters dictionary defines politics as"the art or science of

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Test 1 Review Introduction: Foundations of International Politics Webster’s dictionary defines politics as “the art or science of government”. Provide a more encompassing definition of politics. -The authoritative allocation of value; the art of determining who gets what and who pays for it; and all political decisions result in winners and losers -How leaders decide to go about acquiring and allocating scarce resources How do politics and economics differ? -Politics is group decision making and economics is more individualistic What is the difference between studying international relations historically versus strategically? -Historically only observes the actions of actors but strategically focuses on the reasoning behind the actions. The core thesis of this class is that domestic and international politics cannot be separated. What is the justification for this thesis? What are the three governing principles of international relations? In other words, how do leaders decide what to do? -Leaders seek to stay in office, domestic politics and international relations are interconnected, and strategic interaction What are the three primary factors affecting leader choices? Understand each. What are the four central themes (types of problems) that run through most issues in international relations? Provide a brief description of and example for each problem. Key Terms Politics International Relations Coordination: finding ways for states and leaders act together in pursuit of common interests Distribution: allocation of scarce resources among citizens, leaders, and states Monitoring: detecting cheating on an agreement Sanctioning: Punishing cases of cheating Power: resources that alter the behavior of others and allow you to achieve what you want (provides the opportunity to take action) Preferences: what leaders want or desire (provide the motivation for action) Perceptions: what leaders believe to be the case about reality (may be miscalculated) Chapter 2: Evaluating Arguments about International Politics
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Define theory. What are the key parts of a theory? Why do we need theories? Understand the following terms: hypothesis, independent variable, dependent variable. Given a hypothesis, be able to distinguish between independent variables and a dependent variable. What roles do assumptions play in a theory? -They identify the domain of a theory/the range of ‘things’ the theory tries to explain. What are the primary criteria used in evaluating a theory? -Accuracy, logical consistency, falsifiability, non-spurious results. Given a theory, be able to evaluate it using the criteria discussed in class. Understand the importance of logical consistency. -the hypothesis must follow logically from the given assumptions Understand spuriousness and omitted variables. -If results are spurious then they are not the outcome of the IV but of an
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course INR 2002 taught by Professor Dalesmith during the Spring '07 term at FSU.

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