10 - IR homework 9/10 Goldstein and Pevehouse p 43-62 Realism o Explains IR in terms of power o Realpolitik/power politics = the exercise of power

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IR homework 9/10 Goldstein and Pevehouse, p. 43-62 Realism: o Explains IR in terms of power o Realpolitik/power politics = the exercise of power by states toward each other. o Cold war policies of containment o Human nature selfish o States the most important actors o Causes of state behavior => rational pursuit of self interest o Nature of int’l system => anarchy Idealism: o Int’l law, MORALITY , int’l orgs o Human nature basically good o WWI and WWII, League of Nations o Most important actors = states and others including individs o Causes of state behavior => psychological motives of dec. makers o Nature of int’l system => community Best single indicator of state’s power may be GDP, but it is kinda hard to determine State’s tangible capabilities= material power Soft power: when a state’s own values become widely shared among other states o US has influenced many other states to accept the value of free markets and free trade Relative power = the ratio of the power that 2 states can bring to bear against each
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POLS 160 taught by Professor Notgoingtotell.. during the Fall '08 term at Beloit.

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10 - IR homework 9/10 Goldstein and Pevehouse p 43-62 Realism o Explains IR in terms of power o Realpolitik/power politics = the exercise of power

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