Intro to International Politics Notes 1
Intro to International Politics Notes 1 INTS 1700
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Date Created: 01/16/16
Theory: Set of propositions and concepts that seek to explain phenomena Ø Specifies relationships b/w concepts • Testable hypothesis • General information Realism 1. Anarchy I. No overarching power/states comply with international organizations But have no power over them 2. Actors I. States are primary actors 3. Rational Actors I. States look out for their own self-interest ii. Relative gains (you only win if someone else loses) <if someone loses $50, you only get $20> Then why are states not in constant war? BOP (Balance of Power) Peace is safer and conserves resources What about smaller states? (Ally themselves with bigger states for self-preservations) -proxy wars HST (Hegemonic Stability Theory) -it’s in the best interest of the hegemon to keep peace (the resources it gains in peace is more than if I war) -states are reliant on the hegemon to keep order HOWEVER, the resources it spends to keep peace eventually causes the decline in power Of that hegemon Classical realist-human nature is inherently selfish, this is reflected in states seeking power infinitely, Not in war all the time (BOP) Neo-realist-it isn't human nature but fault of the system, world is anarchy and states are Relent on Relative Gains Offensive realist-assert power through aggressive and military might Defensive realist-assert power in a more subtle ways, maintaining national security And avoiding war due to the costs
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