Government 181 Midterm - The state is the largest most...

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The state is the largest most powerful, individual sovereign entity Anarchy is the absence of government, a state of lawlessness The security dilemma is a situation where in two or more states are drawn into conflict, possible even war, over security concerns, even though none of the states desire conflict. Any attempt a state makes to increase its own security decreases its security. Anarchy or the absence thereof determines the intensity of the security dilemma. Realism, also known as political realism, in the context of international relations, encompasses a variety of theories and approaches, all of which share a similar belief that states are primarily motivated by the desire for military and economic power or security, rather than ideals or ethics. Liberalism holds that state preferences, rather than state capabilities, are the primary determinant of state behavior. Unlike realism where the state is seen as a unitary actor, liberalism allows for the plurality in state actions. Thus, preferences will vary from state
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This note was uploaded on 12/18/2008 for the course GOVT 1817 taught by Professor Katzenstein, p during the Fall '05 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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