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Unformatted text preview: Actors in World Politics What is an Actor? Actors possess the ability to determine their own actions. Actors form the basic unit of a theory of world politics. Actors have preferences, capabilities, and perceptions. Who are the Actors? The choice of which actors to study is central to any analysis of politics. Any situation can be studied in different ways, focusing on different actors. Politics among states versus those inside states We learn different things from different approaches. No single correct definition of who are the actors. The key question is what can we learn by studying the problem in this way? Strategic Interaction Actors do not act in isolation. They must consider what other actors will do. Strategic interaction: how do you choose when the choices of others also affect you? Influencing others to do as you wish: power Anticipating what others will do: perceptions The setting within which actors interact: rules, institutions, principles Corporate Actors We treat actors like individuals, even though they are often composed of many people. We treat actors like individuals, even though they are often composed of many people....
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