Week 3 Theories in World Politics

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Week 3: Theories of World Politics Why theory is important to understand  international relations Six world views (theories) that explain IR
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6 World Views That Explain IR 1. Idealism 2. Realism 3. Neo-realism 4. Behaviorism 5. Dependency Theory 6. Constructivism
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Idealism Also called “liberalism” or “utopianism” Places the emphasis on individuals  who ultimately practice politics Focus on equality, dignity, and freedom Uses international bodies and laws to create order and cooperation Popular between WWI and WWII Study of the world as we wish it would be Reduce weapons in war Seeks peace
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Realism Emphasis is placed on states as the central actors in world politics No central global authority; global anarchy UN is useless There is a fixed amount of security in the world. Zero-sum game Take security from another country for one’s own Primary emphasis is on military power to achieve national interest
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2010 for the course POLISCI 481 taught by Professor Frank during the Spring '10 term at CSU Sacramento.

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