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Lecture Notes 2/5/15

by: Linda Jiang

Lecture Notes 2/5/15 POLISCI 121

Linda Jiang
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World Politics
Vincent Ferraro

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Lecture Notes on Milgrims experiment and the Balance of Power
World Politics
Vincent Ferraro
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Date Created: 02/10/15
2515 Milgram s Experiment 0 Obedience to authority 0 Obedience is the psychological mechanism that links individual action to political purpose The experiment was conducted with thousands of participants Two people come to a psychology laboratory to take part in a study of memory and learning 0 One of them is designated as a quotteacherquot and the other a quotlearnerquot and explores how pain electrical shocks can improve learning I the real focus is the teacher 0 65 of the participants went all the way with delivering the highest shock wave 0 The most fundamental of the study 0 ordinary people simply doing theirjobs and without any particular hostility on their part can become agents in a terrible destructive process Soldiers and killing 0 Soldiers won t kill or they don t want to kill 0 firing your weapon is not what you do for yourself but what you do for the ones you love 0 The fear of killing is more powerful than the idea of being killed Balance of Power 0 Kautilya 300 BCE o 4 functions of the king I to acquire what is not gained I to protect what it gained I and to upgrade protection I to bestow the surplus among the deserving o A way to calculate and build coalitions to protect yourself 0 Fighting gave European nations a sense of identity 0 1815 after Napoleon is defeated 0 Congress of Vienna is created I 18151914 Time of peace in the European continent Rules of Balance of Power Actors always increase their power but should negotiate before they fight a going to war diminishes a state39s power A state must fight rather than pass up an opportunity to increase power a If you don t grab an opportunity than someone else will b Power is always relative depending on your state States stop fighting rather than eliminate another major state a Don t go for the annihilation of another central actor b As a realist there are no permanent enemies or friends i the only things that are permanent are the interests of your state Actors oppose any coalition or single actor which could become predominant a Make sure no state emerges with enough power to control the whole system i thats how you can make alliances and break them easily


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