Intro to IR Notes September 4 - ProfessorKirshner Govt1817

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Govt 1817 Office Hours: 10-11 White 323 10:30-11:30 Uris 130 A "A Motivational Exercise" Notes: September 4, 2008 I. Not a theory A. Way which you can organize the various theories in order to explain Int'l politics I. Levels of analysis A. Man 1. No human nature 2. Man is a wild animal, but we are more curious in the variation 3. Capable of evil 4. Human error i. associated with the way people think ii. emphasizing whether or not states made strategic blunders in trying to advance their interests iii. national biases images -states have biased images of themselves -states can be insensitive to how their actions are perceived iv. cognitive values -information understood may not be processed 5. Ideology i. assumptions about the way the world works, what is legitimate -without, difficult to interpret range of behaviors 6. Great man theory i. individuals influence events -charisma, diplomacy -removing the man would change the outcome -evidence supports the argument that, had Thatcher not been the PM, Britain wouldn't have put together an armada etc. etc. -"Change the leader, change the outcome." -"leaders matter" B. The State 1. Economy i. Capitalism could be the cause of war ii. economic motivations from within iii. lack of trade can contribute to war
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Intro to IR Notes September 4 - ProfessorKirshner Govt1817

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