Mingst Chapter 5

Mingst Chapter 5 - THE STATE Second Level of Analysis...

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THE STATE Second Level of Analysis DISCUSSION QUESTIONS How do liberals, realists and radicals view the state? How does each perspective differ in the four areas: Nature of state power Exercise of state power Foreign policy decision-making Determinants of foreign policy How do challenges to the state COMPARE/CONTRAST PERSPECTIVES Liberals Realists Radical – Instrumental vs. Structural State is sovereign not autonomous State is autonomous Sovereignty is not possible; state reacts to capit. pressures Multiple national interests influence state action Consistent set of goals influence state action No national interest, economic goals influence state action
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NATURE OF STATE POWER What is the definition of power? The extent to which power is used or abused is determined by the power potential of each party. What are the three components that comprise a state’s “power potential?” What is the “sources” of power and what criteria falls under each source? How do radicals differ in their interpretation of tangible versus intangible sources? PUTTING IT TOGETHER:
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