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Chapter Four Domestic Politics and War (1) Domestic politics and war Feb 8 – Wed: Ch. 4, pages 126-143 + WSJ stories Feb 13 – Mo: Ch. 4, pages 143- 154 + Greenspan ch. 5 Feb 15 – Wed: Ch. 4 pages 154-165 + WSJ stories
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Potential quiz questions Explain the incentives of the actors involved in the Falkland Islands war. Explain what is diversionary war and the “rally around the flag” effect. Which of the following statements best describes the possible constraints leaders face when considering whether to go to war? a. Most leaders do not concern themselves with how many resources interest groups have. b. A leader rarely has to worry about the interests of military officers since they must be obedient to the chief executive. c. Most leaders have to consider the response of the public when thinking of going to war. d. A leader would never risk going to war just to improve the chances of reelection. e. A leader’s options improve when the amount of information given to the
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Potential quiz questions ANS:C Page 137 KEY:Interactions: Leaders
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Realism vs. Domestic politics - Realism: - States functional like units that aim to preserve security - Because of anarchy, security quest leads to a quest for power - Assumption that inefficiency in focusing on security will lead to a country’s demise - Liberalism: - States have conflict of interest - But interests arise from inside of states, as a function of domestic actor preferences and institutional set-up
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So far: Unitary state assumption: the treatment of states as coherent actors with a set of interests that belong to the state. This assumption can be a useful starting place for analysis. However, states are legal and political constructs, not beings capable of taking actions HOWEVER War is costly. And the costs of war are distributed unevenly. Do wars serve the national interest?
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2012 for the course PLS 140 taught by Professor Silver during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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WorldPolitics_Chapter04_1_wed_feb_8 - Chapter Four Domestic...

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