Poli sci notes 11.30.2007

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Power 30/11/2007 09:40:00 Puzzles from last time Is there such thing as unipolarity? o The US spends a lot of money on its military  What triggers balances? Power o What do states balance against? Power  Thucydides: “rise in Athenian power and the fear this caused…”  A systemic phenomenon Powerful states are scary, regardless of their intentions Nice states can always change their minds later Goals always come into conflict Unintended harm from actions Threats o Power is scary, but hostile power is even scarier o A state-level phenomenon o Perceived characteristics of states can make them threatening  Outright hostility Unified indifference Disorganized mix of interest and indifference  Power defined Power: A has power over B when A gets B to do something that A wants B to 
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2010 for the course PSC 001 taught by Professor Teitelbaum during the Fall '08 term at GWU.

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Poli sci notes 11.30.2007 - Power 30/11/200709:40:00...

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