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Unformatted text preview: POLI 150-001 WEEK 2 8/29/07 GRAND T HEOR IES OF I N TERNAT IONAL RELAT IONS Focus on the structural (system) level Realism and Liberalism o Contemporary: neo-realism and neo-liberalism (or neo-liberal institutionalism) Older liberalism may be known as idealism o Others: Marxism, constructivism REAL ISM (MEARSHE I MER) Human nature is flawed (Hobbes) - people will not behave themselves if there is no placement of a strong government. The assumption that States are the key actors in international politics o Less of a role for international institutions, domestic interest groups, multinational corporations, or other non-state actors. Survival is states primary goal o States can pursue other goals (including power) but only if there is no confliction with survival. The best way to ensure survival is to restrain in use of force. Not always wanting to run off to war....
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2009 for the course POLI 150 taught by Professor Mosley during the Fall '08 term at UNC.
- Fall '08