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Lecture 3: Interests,  Interactions, and  Institutions 19 January 2011
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Building Block #1: Interests Interests : what actors want to achieve  through political action.  Primary  motivations behind choices actors make.   Preferences. Realists assume all actors want  power/security. Liberals assume all actors want wealth. Constructivists assume actors care most  about ideology, or some other ideal.
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Further Thoughts about  Interests Unitary actor assumption : IR conveniently  assumes each “actor” has a single set of  interests. Interests matter in IR because actors are  assumed to maximize according to their  interests (i.e., they are “rational”)
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Building Block #2:  Interactions Interactions : the ways in which the choices  of two or more actors combine to produce  political outcomes. Strategic Decision Making
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