PS 7- Levels of Analysis

PS 7- Levels of Analysis - October 5 2009 Carl Sagan on...

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October 5, 2009 Carl Sagan on Fallacious Arguments: Ad hominem Argument from authority Argument from adverse consequences Appeal to ignorance Begging the question Observational selection Etc……………….. A Few Good Men (1992) 1. What kind of argument is Jack Nicholson making? 2. What kind of argument is Tom Cruise making? 3. Who wins the argument? 4. What type of argument is the screenwriter making? What is the meta-text of the movie? Levels-of-Analysis: Not a theory of analytical framework It’s typology for classifying “theories” How many levels? Waltz 3, Jervis 4, Mueller 5 For PS 7 we’re saying 3 (Waltz) 3 rd image: System/ International Level (international system and balance of power) 2 nd Image: Domestic Determinants (The State, Political apparatus) 1 st image: Decision Making (The Man: Character, Conduct, Personality) What matters is human nature, are people good or bad. Levels-of-Analysis: Combing levels to make an argument The standard approach is to treat foreign policy decision-making as a funnel. 3 rd image, then the 2 nd , then the first. Foreign Policy Influence Global Influences state or internal Influences individual influences = foreign policy decisions. October 7, 2009 Paper due 11/25
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Strategic Choice The Three I’s: Interests: Who are the relevant actors?
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