PSC 124.200: International Relations Hans Peter Schmitz, Spring 2008 Theories of IR Basic assumptions of neorealism: States are the only actors in international politics. The international system is characterized by anarchy . States are mainly concerned with survival and security . States arm themselves and enter alliances for their protection. States face a security dilemma and will seek a balance of power . Basic assumptions of neoliberal institutionalism: States are the main actors in international politics. The international system is characterized by interdependence . States are mainly concerned with economic gain . States cooperate to create international institutions with the goal of avoiding market failures and creating trust. International relations are peacefully driven by self-interested, economic behavior. Basic assumptions of constructivism/transnationalism: States, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs are actors in global affairs.
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