Lecture 7_PS 121

Lecture 7_PS 121 - PS 121 Lecture 7_ 4/20/09 Critique of...

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PS 121 Lecture 7_ 4/20/09 Critique of Classical Realism General o State centric —states are the most important actors, high politics dominates low politics—the balance of power o Too power centric —hard power is no longer the main currency—military force isn’t fungible and does not dictate everything o Too normative and prescriptive —just filled with “ought’s” and “should” o Amoral —As some countries become more powerful they are going to want to have greater sphere of interests—countries don’t have friends they have interests o A-historical —what do post war worlds look like? Gives a shallow superficial theories Neo-Realist man critique o Not scientific (not real theory) o Too focused on first image— 1) It is the nature of man to be selfish-evil etc… 2) Diplomatic detail by detail blow…criticized by modern scholars for being too historical Neo-Realism—Goals of Waltz To create a scientific theory of international politics—we should be thinking about the
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Lecture 7_PS 121 - PS 121 Lecture 7_ 4/20/09 Critique of...

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