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Unformatted text preview: -Liberalism- summary: o Actors are rational and follow self interest o Private interest does not necessarily contradict collective interest; in fact as an aggregate self interest is in harmony with the collective good o Actors would prefer to avoid conflict if it affects their prosperity and well being (absolute gains) o The collective will is rational and prudent; narrow interest on the other hand can distort these tendencies o Actors interests are shaped and constrained by institutions o The right kind of institutions (democracy; international organizations) can mitigate conflict by better reflecting the collective will; the absence of such institutions or the corruption of such institutions can allow conflict to continue...
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- Winter '08