Jan 20 - Paradigms of IR Realism Paradigm Dominant way of looking at a particular subject A theoretical approach that includes one or more theories

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Paradigms of IR Realism Paradigm – Dominant way of looking at a particular subject; A theoretical approach that includes one or more theories with similar assumptions
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The Philosophical Underpinnings of Realism Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War (5th Century BC) - “The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.” Niccolo Machiavelli’s Laws of Politics (1469- 1527) Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1588-1679) - “Every man against every man.”
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Central Assumptions of Realism Anarchy - there exists no central authority above states States are Central Actors in International Politics - while other actors are present the primary influencers on the system are states States are Unitary Actors - states can be perceived as single entities States are Rational Actors - states act in their best interest Primacy of Power - state interest is defined as the expansion and maintenance of state power Realpolitik” - states should be prepared for war in order to
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course POLI 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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Jan 20 - Paradigms of IR Realism Paradigm Dominant way of looking at a particular subject A theoretical approach that includes one or more theories

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