Who are these Electors?
These are loyal party members who are selected by their respective parties.
In early summer of the election year, the major parties select these potential
electors at their state convention
Let's use Texas as an example:
If a v
A more positive (and representative view):
Lobbyists are a source of information.
Lobbyists can provide ideas that politicians can turn into policies and take credit
Typically, lobbyists do not change legislators decisions, but encourage leg
Presidents role in foreign policy
* Clear trend: expansion of presidential foreign policy powers, in ways not anticipated by
* War powers: Presidents have assumed power of committing military to combat action,
without congressional declaration of
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Arguments for enhanced interrogation
Water boarding is a no-brainer if it can save lives
Terrorists and suicide bombers dont respect the Geneva Convention
Jack Bauer ideology, ticking time bomb
Arguments against torture
Possible 4th Branch of government?:Act as a bridge between citizens
and the government
Try to influence Elections
Endorsements:National Rights to Life Org, Sierra Club
Rate Candidates (ADA, ACU)
IGs and the Political System
Federalist 70- How should the president act, so should he be outgoing
-Energy of the president
Due dependence to the people
Due responsibility to the people
War Powers ActPresident is t
Thucydides Trap, Power Transitions and Hegemonic War
BOP: wars unlikely when balance exists
Power transition theory (PTT) predicts wars likely when
relative power changes
Thucydides Trap (same as power transition)
A dominant power (status quo SQ)
I. What is unipolarity?
A distribution of power where one power stands above the
No plausible coalition of other countries can counterbalance.
Not likely that India, China, Russia, Brazil alliance
II. Unipolar configurations of power are
Levels of Analysis of International Relations
Introduction: significance of different levels of
(a) Explain war
(b) too many explanations
(c) need to organize information
II. Three Levels: individual, the societal, and the
(a) first l
Paradigms of International Relations
I. Meaning of Paradigm
worldview, theory, conceptual
implicit worldviews of IP: realism and
what is your worldview of IP?
Your basic assumptions?
Your ideas about what counts?
Mulitpolar systems have at least three powers
Hard for any one (or combination) to achieve dominance
Why? Defensive alliances easy.
Everyone fears concentrated power. Better to be
friends with the weak than the strong.
Minimum winning coalit
Liberalism and International Relations
I. Introduction: three key differences
(realism and liberalism)
(1) Units of Analysis
Realism, States (rational and
Liberalism, many actors:states,
MNCs, IGOs, NGOs.
Differences within states, states
The Societal Level:Nationalism and War
Definition. Common identity and right to
Nation. Larger than family, village,
Smaller than humankind and
Stronger than ethnic attachments
II. What are sources of common identity?