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Unformatted text preview: POL 130 Lecture 1 POL 130 Lecture 1 Introduction January 11, 2011 Three Principles Three Principles All leaders desire to stay in power International relations cannot be separated from domestic politics Relations between nations and leaders are driven by strategic considerations International Relations – the process International Relations – the process by which foreign policy leaders balance their ambition to pursue particular policy objectives against their need to avoid internal and external threats to their political survival Link between domestic politics and Link between domestic politics and international politics Need to consider the domestic consequences of foreign policy choices (and the foreign policy consequences of domestic policy choices) Common component to domestic Common component to domestic politics and international affairs All politics (whether domestic or international) is concerned with the acquisition and allocation of scarce resources Politics is a competition among groups and individuals over resources 4 Broad Categories of Problems in 4 Broad Categories of Problems in International Relations 1. 2. 3. 4. Coordination Distribution Monitoring Sanctioning International Relations as a Subject International Relations as a Subject Understanding how the power, preferences, and perceptions of different people (leaders, rivals, and citizens) shape the actions of states towards one another Tools Tools Power – mobilizing resources to alter the behavior of others Preferences – prefer certain goals over others Perceptions – beliefs about the costs and benefits associated with seeking one goal over another Leaders Leaders National leaders’ self interest: Desire to hold onto power Desire to act on personally held beliefs Why focus on leaders? ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course POL 130 taught by Professor Simonelli during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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