Gov 312L Fall 2008 Week 2 overheads

Gov 312L Fall 2008 Week 2 overheads - GOV 312L Week 2 GOV...

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Unformatted text preview: GOV 312L Week 2 GOV 312L Week 2 Theories of International Relations Theories of International Relations What is a theory? What is a theory? Big theories vs. narrow theories Big theories vs. narrow theories Causal vs. descriptive theories Causal vs. descriptive theories Different theories: • Focus on different actors • Posit different motivations for these actors • Have contrasting views on the level of conflict THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS • International relations are anarchic • Nations struggle for survival • Use of force is frequent • National security comes first • Zero-sum environment REALIST THEORY Nations are the key actors. They are: • Unitary • Rational • Self-interested • Balancers REALIST THEORY U.S.-Latin American Relations have been shaped by struggles of world powers: • Prior to the 19 th century, European powers jockeyed for control. • In 19 th century, the U.S. joined the fray....
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