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Unformatted text preview: International Security Notes 11/1/10 Classic Neo-Liberal Institutionalism • Is security like commerce? • No: “sucker payoff” in security may be state death • No: States are concerned with relative gains, not absolute gains • No: concerns about relative gains are, inherently, zero-sum in nature • No: even commerce among states can be zero-sum in nature • Empirical Problem • Soviet Union released its satellites in central and easter Europe and permitted uniFcation of Germany • Industrialized democracies did not balance against the US • US pursued new or expanded institutions (NATO, EU, NA¡TA, WTO) • Institutions, Security, and Ikenberry (Theoretical Problems) • How can dominant states be bound by institutions? • Reformulation: why do dominant states want to be bound by institutions? • dominant states because they are dominant can’t be directly bound by other states, therefore they must choose for themselves • How can other powerful states feel secure against domination or abandonment ?...
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- Fall '10
- dominant states