INTS 310 The False Promise of International Institutions

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The False Promise of International Institutions - Mearsheimer Liberal Institutionalism: Focuses on explaining cooperation in cases where state interests are not fundamentally opposed The theory looks at cases where states are having difficulty cooperating because they have mixed interests; each wants to cooperate and not cooperate Largely ignores security issues; focuses more on economic and environ- mental issues Largely built on the assumption that international politics can be divided into two realms: Security and political economy When economic relations are at stake cooperation can be sustained among self-interested states Prospects for cooperation are more impoverished in security affairs Some proponents of the theory suggest it is easy to connect cooperation and stability: Mearsheimer disagrees According to liberal inst. The threat of cheating is the main obstacle to co- operation among states with mutual interests
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  • Fall '09
  • MatthewKocher
  • Economics, Relative gain, international institutions, causal logic

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