PS 7- Neorealism

PS 7- Neorealism - October 19, 2009 Neo-realism Neo-Realism...

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October 19, 2009 Neo-realism Neo-Realism (Waltz) Core Assumptions Assume states are unitary actors: ignores 1 st and 2 nd images Assume states are rational: we choose what is better for us. Assume the international system is anarchic: anarchy vs. chaos Anarchy is the absence of external binding authority. Deductions: Then make a number of deductions: The international system is self-help All states will do the same general thing There goal is to maximize (national) security States will maximize their security by balancing: internal (arms build up), external (alliances). Security/survival Conclusions: What matters most is not the internal characteristics of states (2 nd or 1 st imaged), but the distribution of power States will behave differently based on their power States will balance against one another to prevent any one state from gaining global domination War will never be eliminated—the most we can hope for is a balance of power
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This note was uploaded on 09/06/2011 for the course POL SCI 7 taught by Professor Reyes during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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PS 7- Neorealism - October 19, 2009 Neo-realism Neo-Realism...

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