POLS 260 1-21-09

POLS 260 1-21-09 - POLS 260 Realism 2009-01-21 Classical...

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POLS 260 Realism 17:22 Classical Realist Tenants Human Nature Anarchy States as the Primary actor Acquisition of power Role of economics Alliances International organizations/law Hegemonic Stability Theory Theories are supposed to predict something (about international relations) Realist theory … everyone for themselves resulting in war International relations – there will always be war Hegemon – major power in international system Role of hegemon is that of an enforcer Creation of regimes (goals, norms, values that bring states to a common goal) o Democracy ideal form of government = U.S. regime after WW2 o Supported free trade and free market o UN values for communal identity (we are all in this together) avoid war o Turn toward diplomacy and open communication o Under hegemonic stability, regimes can only be created when there is a Hegemon o Hegemon forces cooperation in order to stop war Unbalanced distribution of benefits o Hegemon benefits the most from a regime creation Hegemon acts as the enforcer
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2009 for the course POLS 260 taught by Professor Mastro during the Spring '07 term at WVU.

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POLS 260 1-21-09 - POLS 260 Realism 2009-01-21 Classical...

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