II Interest Groups and the National Interest

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Interest Groups and the National Interest I. What is the national interest? And who says so? a.i. Realist – above al survival…security (physical security from wars and etc.)…economic secturity our access to oil and raw materials…is it also environmental security such as earthquakes…peoples interests… promoting democracy, combating poverty, making the world a better place (have to cast them as other parts of the national interest) a.ii. When these notions of interest shift thus policies should shift too b. Four views of the concept “national interest” b.i. Objective obvious – National interest it is out there and we can all see and agree on it (realist view of the world)…sort of like newtons laws they are out there and we can prove that their there and agree that they are there b.ii. Objective but subject to disagreement – There are is a national interest but we do not agree on what it is (Where most people possible stand) b.iii. Subjective – Matter of taste, people are going to naturally disagree on the national interest b.iv. There’s no such thing as a national interest there is only a conglomeration of interests from different groups and thus the nation is not a single actor
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