Lecture 3

Lecture 3 - Lecture 3 Wednesday, January 30, 2008 9:27 AM...

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Lecture 3 Wednesday, January 30, 2008 9:27 AM 1. Systematic features of political environment a. Theories b. Just because it does not hold up in one case, does not descredit it in general c. Coming up with a theoretical hypothesis of the world environment d. Simplification of reality, a causing B,  statement of relationship between cause and effect i. B happened because of a ii. A is the cause, B id the effect iii. Typical theory form. 1. Two democracies have never gone to war with each other (THEORY) 2. But are antagonistic toward dictatorships 3. To D share norms that allow for resolvation in peace 4. Know that the other democracy has check, thus slower for war  declaration. 5. ASSUMPTION: Two democracies has checks and balances 6. Dictatorship can have presumptive warfare, and democracies perceives  this. e. What  Theory  should have i. Assumptions : should be as explicit as possible, delineate the condition under  which the theory will hold. Or else there will be smuggling of assumptions. SHOULD  have explicit statement upfront. ii.
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