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POLI 150 Notes 8/25/16

by: Hadley Ashford

POLI 150 Notes 8/25/16 POLI 150

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These notes cover some of the great theories of International Relations
International Relations
Menevis Cilizoglu
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hadley Ashford on Thursday August 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POLI 150 at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill taught by Menevis Cilizoglu in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views. For similar materials see International Relations in Political Science at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.


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Date Created: 08/25/16
POLI 150 8/25/16 - Actor: groups/individuals involved in given event - Interests: goals of different actors, motivations - Institutions: rules of the game, treaties/laws that control actor’s actions - Interactions: how actors interact with each other given their interests and institutions o Strategic interaction: actions based on anticipation of other actor’s response - Theories: try to make sense of complex cause/effect relationships o Usually general to leave room for exceptions o Answers why questions o Identify qualifiers (scope) o Answer questions in different ways from different ways from different focuses/viewpoints  Ex. domestic, international, local, government  Most common level of analysis= state (nation)- includes government, interest groups, national interests, economy, etc. - Theories of IR: all revolve around anarchy at international level o Realism: states act in own self-interest, view states as main actors  States’ main goal= survival  States in constant state of fear because anarchic nature of international politics, uncertainty of intentions  Usually leads to increased aggression  Power determined by military power (hard power)  Distribution of capabilities (balance of power)  Unipolarity and bipolarity more stable than multipolarity- less aggression because smaller nations unable to fight back and less large powers to fight each other  Security dilemma: arms race to be more powerful than rivals  Increase in power of one state  decrease in power of another  Leads to inefficient financial/material policy  Zero-sum: increase in resources decreases resources of everyone else  One party’s gain is another party’s loss  Conflict more likely than cooperation because fear of cheating and desire for relative gains (focus on actions of others)


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