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ITS 201- Intro- Chapter 1 book notes 24/01/2011 10:22:00 The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman, where the Lexus represents  the boons that globalize economy offers individuals across the world- the potential for  wealth and the products-services coming from all corners of the earth. The olive tree  represents the pressures such an economy puts on traditional local societies- communities, including not only low wages-poverty experienced by too many today, but  also the decline of traditional beliefs, practices, and cultures. History= the study of past events based on available primary and secondary  sources Historians make a good-faith attempts to gather reliable evidence and rend the  past accurately, but they do understand that history is controversial because no two  accounts of the past are the same There are no global walls dividing countries, regions, or cultures, but there are  many bridges linking them together. Chapter 1- Power, Conflict, and Policy (The Role of Political Science in  International Studies) Political Science= A component of any international studies curriculum.  They  study from subjects of disparate as international legal treaties to the  backroom maneuverings of legislative aides on Capitol Hill, from textual  analyses of Plato’s republic to stats scrutiny of voter turnout in Argentina  Politics= Issues of government and governance (only a subset of what is  considered political). Involves interactions of  both power and conflict o Power is an essential element of politics because political issues are  about who wins and who loses o Conflict is essential because without conflict there would be no dispute o Both encompass a governmental decisions and actions and also  decisions and actions that occur outside of government purview, but  are intensely political In political science, the science, REFLECTS THE POST-WWII movement to  treat our subject of inquiry in a scientific manner by adopting the scientific  method (testing hypothesis, collecting data, creating conclusions, ect. .) Behaviorists= Research is quantitative in nature and usually employs  statistical analysis of large data sets (votes, elections) o International scale, they collect data on issues such as foreign aid, war  casualties, and trade.
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o Concentrate on the observable actions humans take in their political  lives. Ex) Bill Clinton was too conservative for a democrat. “ Let’s look  at the evidence” then they would be able to construct a data set of  Clinton’s legislative initiatives, and judicial appointments. Who  sets/codes this model? o
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