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1/30/06 Levels of Analysis A collection of analytical categories that scholars use to explain “why” things occur in IR 4 levels: -Individual (first image of IR) -State/Domestic (second image of IR) -Intl. System (third image of IR) -Global Recognizing sovereignty, to be fully considered legitimate, the state needs to be a democracy -Individual (first image of IR) Perceptions, choices, and actions of individuals Human nature Psychological, emotional, and biological factors State/Domestic (second image of IR) State foreign policies and actions that result from aggregate of domestic influences (individuals, interest groups, organizations, govt. agencies, business sector, etc.) General state characteristics (regime, government, economic system, state power, state structure, etc.) Intl. System (third image of IR) Interactions and relative positions of states, International Organizations, and Trans-National Movements in the intl. system Rules, norms, and general characteristics of intl. system Global Level of Analysis Encapsulates aspects of IR that affect all states Many times these are subsumed under “international system” level Why are Levels of Analysis Important? Different levels provide different explanations of IR events and processes Tell researchers what type of evidence to gather to answer questions
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course PSC 003 taught by Professor Quinn during the Spring '06 term at GWU.

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