Jan.25-2010 Theoretical Perspectives of Global Politics

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Theory: A statement or series of statements that organize, explain, and predict the phenomena of interest. For Ex.) Theories of Voting, War, and Democratization. Theories of International Relation (IR): 1. Realism -prioritizes national interest and security, rather than ideals, social reconstructions, or ethics. 2. Liberalism - Is the belief in the importance of individual freedom. 3. Critical Theories 4. Constructivism- which argues that humans generate knowledge and meaning from their experiences. Realism: The realist view of the world: Anarchy- No rulership or enforced authority, absence of government Main Things are Security and Survival Power THE ESSENTIAL REALISM 1. Statism Nation-States are the main actors Sovereignty-having supreme, independent authority over a territory. 2. Survival 3. Self-Help No other states can be relied upon to guarantee your own survival. National interest are prominent.
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2010 for the course PHIL 120 taught by Professor H during the Spring '10 term at James Madison University.

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