WorPol 9-11-07

WorPol 9-11-07 - Theories of World Politics Realism: power...

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Theories of World Politics Realism: power and self-interest Liberalism: democracy and int’l institutions Constructivism: debate over ideas o ‘Critical’ theories: identity-formation Realism o Balance of power between states o States = main players o Explains IR in terms of (military) power o Often referred to as ‘power politics’ o Key features= self-interest and competition Realists say states are rational and follow self-interest o Int’l system is characterized by anarchy . History of Realism o Thucydides Often called ‘father of realism Wrote History of the Peloponnesian War ‘The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must’ caution: a tale of what happens when a state (Athens) tries to overreach its power o Machiavelli Author of The Prince Criticizes existing moralistic views of authority Formulated ‘the state’ as we know it today ‘Ends justify the means’ ‘Better to be feared than loved’
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SIS 105 taught by Professor Chong during the Fall '07 term at American.

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WorPol 9-11-07 - Theories of World Politics Realism: power...

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