Introduction to PoliSci

Introduction to PoliSci - 10. Why do states act to protect...

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Nicole Katzman September 7, 2011 Intro to Political Science 103: International Relations International relations covers how people and countries get along Variations in Outcomes o Outcomes in international politics vary from conflict to cooperation War → sanctions → hostile domestic relations → neutrality → warm domestic relations → allies Trade wars → trade protection → free trade Common Questions in International Relations 1. Why do wars occur? 2. How do domestic interests influence war outcomes? 3. Why is it difficult for the international community to prevent acts of aggression? 4. Why are barriers to trade common? 5. Why is international trade so controversial? 6. Why do countries pursue different currency policies? 7. Why are some countries rich and others poor? 8. What is the influence of small transnational groups? 9. Why is it difficult to cooperate to improve and protect the environment?
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Unformatted text preview: 10. Why do states act to protect the human rights of those in other states, and how successful have they been? 11. Will patterns of conflict or cooperation dominate the future? The Three Main Is Interests o Goals that actors have and the outcomes they want to attain Protect citizens, acquire more territory, gain access to natural resources, develop rapidly, and protect the environment Interactions o Refers to the ways the choices of two or more actors combine to produce political outcomes Outcomes are not simply determined by actors, goals, or interests because there is typically some conflict of interests Institutions o Rules of the political game Shape and constrain interactions (some interactions have few institutional constraints and others are heavily institutionalized)...
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