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Theoretical lenses in International Relations Realism
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Why theorise about IR? ± Theory provides a framework for the study of IR ± Theory ‘defines the terms and concepts used to describe, explain, and predict in the study of IR’ (Woods, 1996: 10) ± Theories like glasses: lens provide a different way to see the world
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Different levels of analysis 1. Individual 2. State 3. International (systemic)
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Realism Highlights 1. International Politics is a “war of all against all” 2. The national interest of states is the acquisition of power 3. States cooperate fleetingly: self-help best to ensure states survival
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Realism; Realpolitik , Power Politics ± Emerged after WWI ± Discipline of IR shaped by Realist scholars ± Long tradition of thinkers
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Antecedent Realists ± Thucydides (Fifth Cent. BC) ± Machiavelli (16 th Cent Italian City States) ± Hobbes (17 th Cent England)
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Classical Realism ± Historical Realists: E.H Carr ± Biological Realists : Niebuhr & Morganthau ² Politics determined by Human Nature ² Humans are inherently evil & cannot help themselves lusting for power
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course POLITICS 1102 taught by Professor Unknown during the Three '09 term at University of Sydney.

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