Class 2

Class 2 - Three levels of analysis 1st image: individual...

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Three levels of analysis 1 st image: individual level (leaders) - Ex. Does the personality/psychology of Stephen Harper influence Canada’s choice of enemies? 2 nd image: domestic level (institutions) - Ex. How does Canada’s democracy affect who it trades with? 3 rd image: International level (power) - Ex. How much can Canada influence the US, given it is weaker than the US? An Example: Foreign Policy What is Foreign Policy? - Foreign policy is the totality of steps a state takes to secure its interests in its dealings with other states - Achieving a state’s ends in international politics using available means o There’s a difference between FP and fantasy Key Components - Ends: the national interest - Means; power and persuasion 1 st Image Impact of individuals on foreign policy - Effect (thing we want to explain): foreign policy - Cause: characteristics of individuals o Hitler: no options, but to compete ; racism - Possible individual characteristics o Psychology o Ideology o Pathology 2 nd Image Impact of domestic institutions on foreign policy - Effect: foreign policy - Cause: foreign policy
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