The Anarchic Structure of World Politics

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Unformatted text preview: Part 1: Anarchy and its consequences The Anarchic Structure of World Politics Kenneth N. Waltz P29 Table of contents Introduction 1. Ordering principles 2. The character of the units 3. The distribution of capabilities Violence at home/abroad Interdependence and integration Structures and strategies Anarchy & hierarchy Political Structures Introduction International politics are supposed to be conceived as distinct from economic, social, () domains A system is composed of a structure of interacting units We must distinguish variables at the level of the units and at the level of the system Meaning of relation? o Interaction states occupies o Position states have To define a structure would be in understanding how units stand in relation to one another Positional structure of society o Structures endure while behavior and interactions vary o Applies to realm of widely different kinds o Theories are relative to realms The concept of structure is based on the fact that units differently combined produce different outcomes Domestic politics is hierarchically ordered (through different degrees of authority) o Defined structure...
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2010 for the course POLI 244 taught by Professor Saideman during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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