Week 12-1 IR Theory (1)

Week 12-1 IR Theory (1) - World order Anarchy: A system...

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POLC 3020: Week 12 (1) China and the World I --Theoretical Overview-- Nov. 8, 2010
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Three System-transforming Wars WWI, WWII, Cold War Three Theories of IR Realism (and Neo-realism) Liberalism (and Neo-Liberalism) Contructivism The Evolution of IR Theories
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Definition A paradigm based on the premise that world politics is essentially and unchangeably a struggle among self- interested states for power and position under anarchy, with each competing state pursuing its own national interests. Intellectual Roots and Advocates Thucydides (Ancient Greek historian), Machiavelli (16 th C), Hobbes (17 th C) Carr (1939), Kennan (1951, 1954), Morgenthau (1948), Niebuhr (1947), Thompson (1960) Realism
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Human Nature Selfish and ethically flawed
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Unformatted text preview: World order Anarchy: A system filled with competitive interacting actors in the absence of supervisory governing institutions to regulate the units competition. Major Actor States The Purpose of Statecraft National survival Realism: Central Assumptions Self-Help The principle that in anarchy actors should rely on themselves. Power Factors that enable one actor to manipulate another actors behavior against its preferences The game of IR The pursuit of power (acquiring it, increasing it, projecting it, and using it to bend others to ones will) View of History Repetitive/ cyclical No progress Realism: Central Assumptions Realism: Cooperation?...
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