Chapter 2 - Theories of World Politics

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Theories of World Politics January 24, 2008 1. Concepts a. Paradigm: i. Way of looking at a particular subject ii. Structures our inquiry and interpretation by tables or outlines iii. For example, like the Icelantic language b. Theory: i. Hypotheses relating variables (ex. Two variables) ii. Describe, explain, and predict iii. Falsifiable and stand the test of time iv. Golden arches theory – theory that no countries with McDOnalds will not bomb each other (theory by person who wrote “The world is flat” v. Massified data; organizes it c. Constructivism: i. Paradigm based on agreement d. Geopolitics: i. Geography, state power e. Current history approach i. Events rather than theoretical explanations 2. Liberalism a. Reason and ethics can overcome anarchy b. Order through cooperation c. International institutes key i. Regular meetings; you know what’s going on d. Associated with “idealism” i. Woodrow Wilson introduces idea 100 years ago “world DOES get better”
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e. Aspects of liberalism i. Unity rather than national loyalties ii. The individual/human rights/civil liberties iii. Ideas and education promote world peace iv. Free international trade v.
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