Introduction - What are perspectives? They are ideal type...

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1 Introduction Analytical tools in international relations What are perspectives? • They are “ideal type” explanations. • They help us emphasize certain facts over others. • They allow us to describe, explain, and predict phenomena in international relations. Realist Perspective • It sees world as a struggle for power. • It maintains that power is decentralized. • Decentralized power demands that states protect themselves. Liberal Perspective • It emphasizes relationships and negotiations between actors. • It believes that relationships are regularized by institutions. • It supports common rules for all actors.
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2 Identity Perspective • It stresses the importance of ideas that define actors’ identities. • Actors with diverging identities are more likely to be antagonistic. • Actors with converging identities have greater chance for cooperation. What are levels of analysis? • This tells us which direction a cause
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course HUMA 002 taught by Professor Yu during the Spring '11 term at Alcorn State.

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