01-21-2010_Globalization_terminology_and_international_society_for_Moodle (1)

01-21-2010_Globalization_terminology_and_international_society_for_Moodle (1)

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Introducing the study of Globalization 21 January 2010 1025.001 1
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How do we study global politics? The levels of analysis question (Singer) Main point: Political questions can be studied on multiple levels. Different levels allow for different insights; introduce different “distortions” Goal of theorizing/ modeling: 1. Offer highly accurate description of a phenomenon 2. Explain relationships among phenomena 3. Enable reliable prediction Each level has its strengths and weaknesses 2
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Levels of analysis System + Comprehensive and generalizable + See patterns of interaction Less detailed– sees uniformity, not divergence and excludes lower level differences Exaggerates structure over agency State (subsystem) + Allows differentiation among actors, comparison + Can explain why states pursue different goals May exaggerate differences among subsystem 3
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Individual level + Adds additional complexity, nuance + Reinstates agency Measurement difficulties: how to measure
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