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Unformatted text preview: Fraser McArthur and Al Logan 1 st November 2005 Week 6 : Cooperation Liberalism- Origins- What is liberalism in IR? - Is liberalism in IR the same as the domestic political ideology called liberalism?- What is the democratic peace thesis? How is this an example of liberalism? Basic beliefs of liberalism Self-restraint, moderation, compromise and peace whereas international politics is exactly the opposite: troubled peace, at best, or the state of war 1 Observes reality, assumes human nature to be fundamentally rational and good, analyses problem solving performed through organization, examines cooperation between states, aims to make life better for mankind. Assumptions of Liberalism 1) States are principal actors Dr Imber 2) Sovereignty & national interests exist but are equal to interest in cooperation. 3) States act to maximize gains in cooperation 4) Power constrained by law. Force permitted in self-defence. 5) Domestic Ideology 6) Stability/Peace maintained by mutual interest Historiography: 16 th century onwards, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, L of N, UN? Name first used in 1830s, at same time as som and conservatism...
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course IR 1001 taught by Professor Lang during the Fall '05 term at University of St Andrews.
- Fall '05