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THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM Module Three
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Each of the theories has a different perspective on the international system. A system is an assemblage of units, objects, or parts united by some form of regular interaction. How do the various theories view the international system as constraining actors? And how does this system change?
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LIBERAL PERSPECTIVE Since the international system is not central to the liberal perspective there are three conceptions of the system in liberal thinking. 1) The international system is seen as a process, in which multiple interactions occur among different actors (i.e., state, non- governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, multinational corporations). These actors have various interests including security, economic, social, environment, human rights etc.
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2) English tradition of international society: The various actors communicate, consent to common rules and institutions, and recognize common interests. They share a common identity, a sense of ‘we -ness .’ The international system is viewed as an arena and process for positive interactions. 3) Neoliberal institutionalism: The international system is anarchic, in which states act in their own self-interest. The product of this interaction is a potentially positive one institutions are created.
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They acknowledge and welcome change in the international system. Change occurs from exogenous technological developments. i.e., Changes in communication and transportation facilitated the economic interdependence between states. Change occurs because of the relative
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2011 for the course POLIT 1550 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Youngstown State University.

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