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International Relations

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Johannes Grow
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Date Created: 08/30/16
Aug. 29 th International Relations Theoretical Beginnings o Since the end of the Second World War, the field of International Organization has undergone significant change. What began as a study of international organizations and regional integration (think ECSC) became Regime theory and then neoliberal institutionalism. -came about because of nuclear weapons, after the destruction in Europe scholars became interested in all the world organizations -the beginning of the EU and UN -why would they join together with other institutions? -they became very popular after WWII -the study of these organizations goes up an down. Interest kept changing o “Realism:” Downplay the role of institutions in international politics; institutions are primarily concerned with “lesser politics” (e.g. health, trade, etc.) and not with the “high politics” of security and defense. Second criticism: institutions merely reflect the power and interests of states. o “(Neo)Liberal institutionalism;” “Similar to realism, at the heart of neoliberal institutionalism is the view that international institutions are the self-interested creations of states” (Stein 2008, p. 208)  Focuses on Coordination and Cooperation problems vs. Realist’s concerns with conflict and war o Prisoner’s Dilemma: if they both confess they both go to jail with a lessor sentence, if one confesses and the other denies then 1 goes to jail for longer and the other gets free o “Neo-Neo Debate”  A debate in the discipline of IR between neorealism and neoliberal institutionalism -different branches of neoliberal institutionalism  What was the debate about?  Since the 80’s the debate has been replaced by a debate between rationalism/positivism vs. post-positivism -rationalism: self-interested, will find the best equilibrium -positivism: -post-positivism:  Same ontological and epistemological world view. -ontological: how we know who we are, its state driven, rational and self driven -epistemological: how we study something, number driven, experiments  Why would states cooperate? -we don’t want another world war especially now since everyone has nuclear weapons -we wouldn’t be able to travel internationally because of the language barriers -global warming if we aren’t communicating then something bad could happen eventually


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