STUDY GUIDE FOR THE MIDTERM
Definition of Terms
TWO POINTS EACH- 20 POINTS
Fifteen of the following twenty terms will appear on the exam. You will be asked to choose ten,
and offer an exact definiti
Chapter 9: Politics in France
Discuss the roles of president and prime minister in France. How did the years of political
affinity between the two shape presidential powers? What has changed since the inception
of divided government?
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Debate: Clash of Civilizations
The fault-lines between Western culture and Eastern culture runs through Eastern
Europe and the Middle East, hence both are politically unstable.
Principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups o
Population growth in Arab countries has led to increased migration to West. Europe
INcreasinly open & violent political reactions have resulted by the Italian, French and
Pagan,Animist, and Christian black people clash w/ Muslim
Anarchy- the absence of an effective world government capable of enforcing rules and
norms of behavior.
Neo-Conservatism- condition of supreme, independent political authority answerable to no
higher authority. In international relations theory, and espec
Peace: Liberalism vs. Realism
The creation of virtuous circles is generates and maintains peace by creating a web of
connections through the promotion of democracy, bolstering of national economies, and a web of
Chapter 8 essay questions
1. How do transnational problems like the environment, disease, and the Internet
challenge the concept of state sovereignty? How do realists respond to critiques that
such problems challenge their understanding of how the world w
Keren & John
1. What role does war play in world politics? How do the different international paradigms
come to terms with the morality of war?
War is an interruption of peace among states. Every American generation since the American
Revolution has lived
Chapter 3 Essay Questions
1. Why do some scholars suggest that constructivism is the logical theoretical home for
critics of the rational actor model?
Critics argue that the rational actor model presents an oversimplified and idealized image
of how decisi
Chapter 2 Essay Questions
1. How did the Peace of Westphalia mark the beginning of the international system?
What three major conditions distinguished the post-1648 world from preceding
The Peace of Westphalia brought an end to the 30 years war,
Essay Questions Chapter 1
1. There is no central authority above states; no world government that can control what
states do. Liberals do not favor the system of anarchy and constructivists agree that