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Unformatted text preview: 8/4/2008 1 A Framework for Understanding World Politics 1 Levels of Analysis Teaching Points Themes in discussing world politics Levels of analysis Systemic State (domestic) 2 Anarchy vs. authority Conflict vs. cooperation Idealism vs. realism Individual Theme of Anarchy vs. Authority Domestic politics takes place in environment of authority National political systems provide 3 National political systems provide order Laws Authorities that enforce them Football field analogy Competition Regulated by rules enforced by referees Anarchy vs. Authority (Continued) World politics takes place in anarchic setting Key difference from domestic politics 4 Key difference from domestic politics No higher authority governing state behavior Sometimes compared to jungle State ultimately has to ensure own survival 8/4/2008 2 Rules and Norms Exist even under anarchy Aggression generally condemned Attempts to enforce 5 Attempts to enforce Individual states Ad hoc coalitions Organizations United Nations Kuwait (1990-91) Enforcement Against Aggression Sometimes effective Examples? Problems of enforcement Meaning 6 Reasons Clarity Interests Eye of beholder Examples? International community has no clear definition Action vs. Aggression Resembles vigilante justice in Old West Reactive Unreliable 7 Unreliable Often hurts innocent in attempt punish guilty Many acts of aggression go unpunished...
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course POL SCI 20 taught by Professor Wolfenstein during the Summer '08 term at UCLA.
- Summer '08