1_23_08 - 1/23/08 Criticisms of Realism Idealism:...

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1/23/08 Criticisms of Realism Idealism: Characteristics, Criticisms Neoliberal Institutionalism: Complex Interdependence, Int’l Regimes, Collective Security Core Assumptions of Realism: states are the main actors; int’l relations is anarchic; rationality: states act as one unit, for own self-interest Criticisms: Ignores Individuals within a state- state may have internal disagreement “Superimpowered individuals”: individual with extreme power (Osama) Other states- long-term impact of state’s actions on other states Human rights violations: not in Nat’l interest, but states get involved anyway Is the world as anarchic as it seems? European Union, UN Collective Goods problem: realist- take what you can (give nothing back!) Hegemonic Stability Theory: Single hegemony can force others to cooperate [Rationality: State as a unitary, perfectly rational actor] = flawed Idealism, Neoliberal Institutionalism - Realism, neo realism Wilson: est. League of Nations- pioneer idealist Idealism
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