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IR3-4 - Lecture 3 Levels of Analysis System and State The...

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Lecture 3: Levels of Analysis System and State The International System •The two levels of analysis. Definition of the international system. •Major Property: No Common Government –Principle of state sovereignty. Definition and recent limitations –History of sovereignty: •Mid-17 th C. Birth of modern state system •Before that: feudal systems –Principles of feudal political organization: •Relation of monarch and feudal lords •Role of Catholic church and Pope –Political transformations •From within--rise of manufacturing/commercial classes (16 th C) •From without—challenges to Papal supremacy •New political doctrines: Jean Bodin ( Six Books on the Republic , 1576) Power of sovereign Hugo Grotius ( On the Law of War and Peace , 1625) •Implications of Sovereignty –Basic functions of government within sovereign states: •Ensure security/Manage conflict •Promote welfare –But no government to do these things internationally –How, then, is conflict managed balance of power
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