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Unformatted text preview: 11/01/2008 16:04:00 ← OUTLINE • Evaluating Theories • Contemporary IR Theory • Policy Problem 1: Can cooperation occur in anarchy? ← ← >Evaluating Theory • How well does the theory describe reality? o Causal/empirical validity • Should the theory guide behavior? o Normative judgment • How useful is the theory? o Epistemological judgment Testing Theory: Validity o Models or “virtual reality” For example, games such as prisoner’s dilemma, stag hunt; cause-effect models o Testing Models against the historical record What should be true if this theory is valid? ← ← >Theoretical Schools in IR • Neorealism o Focus: states’ interests Anarchy produces a security dilemma, which leads to a self- help based world The weaker states will make a preemptive strike on their stronger, threatening rivals Rational, self-interested actors constrained by capabilities...
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course POLY SCI 7 taught by Professor Ginjer during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.
- Spring '08