IR Theory 11/09
buzzword of the 1990s
a great defining feature of the post-Cold War world
flows of goods, people, capital, information
no single definition of globalization, but 4 overlapping e
SUPER Constructivism is not materialism and is not rationalism.
Wendt: Takes on realist materialism in realisms own stadium; systemic view of
constructivism (major figure in the field)
Keywords: identity, social constructions, type
Onuf, World o
Into the New Millennium: From Post-Cold War to Post-Post-Cold War
and 21st Century Global Politics; Contours of the World to Come
We are entering a phase in world history and world politics that is qualitatively different
from what so far we have referred
America and the World
Influential groups on conduct of American foreign policy:
Neoconservatives build world around democracy/capitalism
Classical realists try to keep stability at the system level; reluctant to get
involved in other states affairs
Balancing Power (or Threat or What) and Balancing
One of the oldest ways of thinking.
Three entirely different meanings of balance of power
1) distribution of power
2) policy, as a policy guide (ex: British foreign policy with respect to European
Exams back in basement of Prospect House on Friday, 10/29.
Materialism vs. constructivism.
Social construction within the system
Non-material things: social entities, structures, forces, routines, habits
Ruggie: the U.S
Papers to be submitted electronically by midnight 12/10 (will be emailed comments).
Review session cancelled.
Next Tuesday 10-2 office hours.
Wednesday before exam, office hours 10-4 (in TA office, 2nd fl., Blistein House)
*Study guide over Thanksgiving b
Explain major concepts.
Define a term (anthropomorphism).
Summarize strengths and weaknesses of major theories.
Knowledge of major taxonomies.
*Dont write extra thingsjust a list!
These will not be on the exam:
1. No comparative questio
Constitutive theory: something that in a decisive way contributes to something being the
way it is instead of something else
Ex: constitutive element of an airplane it can fly
For a democracy: free, fair, period elections (determinant, general)
Midterm: Readings up to Realism and Liberalism.
Realpolitik, political realism.
There is something implicitly intuitive about realism; familiarity aspect.
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War: The strong do what they can, the
*Test: Reading-based, notes; review session before mid-late October?
Spheres of Belonging, (Collective) Identity, and
West vs. East Germany:
People no longer chanting We are the people, but We are one people.
How is it possible that we belong together wit
Liberalism is significantly younger (last 200-300 years).
o Human progress, toleration
Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
o Economic commerce brings peace
Norman Angell, The Great Illusion
o Argued that war is not a good idea b
international global organizations
Main critiques of realism:
There are no imminent ends for statesstates are different from players of
sports for this reason.
Power is ubiquitous.
International relations not only about power; not the same relationship as
economics to wealth.
Power is more evasive, intangible, difficult, more multi-dimensional to grasp than wealth.
What happens when you go to a German Chinese re
Ordering International Thought
We give shape to the world, but there are elements of the world that shape it, too.
The implicit/explicit conception of time.
Constructivism not ratio
Midterm October 19th / Review Session October 14th
Levels of Analysis
Three levels of analysis:
3. System level/image
What is a system?
Different parts that interrelate with each other.
If there were no system organizing principles, there would be no
T ime is also ubiquitous.
One of the key themes in literature and in the arts. (In all of western literature, there are
only two themes: love, and the passing of time and the passing of things. Andsince
these two are the samethere is only one: the passing
9 September 2010
What is international relations?
how states relate to each other
how non-state actors relate to the state
why and how countries cooperate
something that crosses borders can be a cause or an effect *
interaction among politically indepen
IR Theory 11/11/10
America in the World / America and the World / America in its World
contemporary sense of gloom; decline?
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers (1987) by Paul Kennedy 500 year history of
fall of the Berlin Wall America in