Feb 8 - State and Substate Theories of IR Lets Review...

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State and Substate Theories of IR
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Let’s Review International Systems-level : assumes that the international system constrains the behavior of states State-centric models : assumes that nation states act more or less freely in accordance with their own interests Sub-state (micro) level : interest groups, NGOs, corporate interests, public opinion and individual actors
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Attributes of States Military power Economic power Demographics: population, literacy, mobility, homogeneity/heterogeneity, age distribution Cultural influence (vive la France!) and American “soft power”
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Attributes of States (cont.) Type of Government Extent of Government Openness of Government Effectiveness of Government
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Weak States/Strong States State-building: expansion of the state’s ability to pursue and realize specific policies and goals
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State Capacity: Legitimacy Create a “national identity” Integration of diverse populations Contrast to “the Other” Symbols
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Resource Extraction “Read my lips!” TAXES!!! Manpower/Participation
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