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Week 4 Notes for Global Politics

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Week 4 Notes for Global Politics POS 160

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These are notes that cover game theory, liberalism, world society model, images of liberalism, and the European Union.
Global Politics and and Issues
Henry Sivak
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Date Created: 09/17/16
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita­ TED talk ● We can predict the future scientifically, and if we can do this, we can engineer it ● Game theory (math) ○ Assumes that people are looking out for what’s good for them ○ People are rationally self­interested ○ People have values ○ People face limitations ○ Rational self­interest ○ Who influences problems? Go to them and show how your perspective is in their best interest ■ But need to go down levels in power chain; lots of people influencing  ○ Need to know for the model: ■ Who has a stake in the decision?  ■ What they SAY that they want? ■ How focused are they to the issue at hand?  ■ How much are they persuasive on the matter at hand ? ○ EVERYONE cares about outcome and credit ○ Knowing all this (choices, chances, values, and beliefs) we can know how to successfully  negotiate with them ● EX Iran­ what is Iran going to do about nuclear weapons? What is the future? How will  relationships keep?  ○ Model makes a graph ■ Stats v. simulation ■ Positive­sum outcomes ● How beneficial would it be to not do anything? Liberalism ● Theory of politics that believes strongly in progress ○ Specifically in how we organize power and rights ○ TELEOLOGY­ the idea that things follow success ○ Believe strongly in institutions ■ Liberal institutionalism ● Not only looking for power ● people are willing to accept positive sum outcomes for everyone rather than max positive sum  outcome for one person with negative sum outcomes for everyone else ● Feudalism ○ Power is rooted in a series of location, no real connections (refer to PPT) ● Hobbesian Realism: Field of Forces ○ Connections from bigger sources to smaller ones (refer to PPT) ● Liberal world polity/economy ○ Relations between centers are more equal = everyone specializes in valuable things that are  needed amongst everyone ■ In some major groups of centers, forms regimes  ● Regime­ formal/ informal mix of international understanding ○ UNCLOS ○ Environmental policy ● Also have institutions ■ All don’t have coercive power, but power in other domains ● World Society model ○ Premise that all countries aren’t divided by borders, instead united by cultural, religious,  expertise ○ Fully developing liberalism arguments of a globalized society (very political but through  functional levels) ● Democracy­ a political model where sovereignty is divided evenly between the government and  the people ○ 1991 in Algeria­ the FIS won a democratically run election, party's platform was to change  country into a theocratic regime; military was sent in to stop it because “wasn’t a positive  democratic outcome” ● Liberalism Origin ○  First image (human nature) ■ Public Figure/period­ Richard Cobden ■ Cause of conflict­ interventions by gov domestically and internationally ■ Determinants of peace­ Liberty, free trade, prosperity, but also colonialism ○ Second Image (the state) ■ Public Figure/period­ Woodrow Wilson, Immanuel Kant ■ Cause of conflict­ Undemocratic nature of int’l politics ■ Determinants of peace­ National self­determination institutions ○ Third Image (Structure of the system) ■ Public Figure/period­ JA Hobson; Keohane and Nye ■ Cause of conflict­ BoP system; zero­sum reasoning ■ Determinants of peace­ world governance, powers to mediate and enforce decisions First image: 19th century free trade liberals ● English Political Economists ● Adam Smith and Ricardo  ● Ricardo­ comparative advantage ● Trade and anti­protectionism ○ Taxing other countries goods would instigate war essentially  ● Peace through economic hegemony ○ Comparative advantage (econ 101) ■ Specialization is more beneficial to maximize profit ■ Production possibility frontier­ trade off for producing 2 goods per party ■ If we bind countries together by trade, going to war wouldn’t be beneficial ● Trade is positive sum and can substitute for BoP (balance of power) politics Second Image: The State ● Wilson and Bowman ● Reorganization of Geographical space ○ League of nations ● Improving the state from within, to let it function more effectively externally ○ “Giving democracy to Germany”­ Weimar Republic ○ We could deal with the sources of conflict ● Minority treaties ● Nansen passports ○ Passports league of nations gave to refugees  ● The Council on Foreign Relations ○ Foreign affairs journal: elite mouthpiece talking about foreign affairs (Bowman) ● 14 points­ Wilson’s Plan (key points) ○ Trade ○ Disarmament ○ Post­Tsarist Russia ○ End of the Franco­Prussian War ○ Evacuation of old states of the Austro­Hungarian Empire & new “artificial states” ○ Ottoman Empire (mandates) ○ Association of nations ○ Adjustment of colonial claims Third image: The Sea Bed ● 1954 Hague Convention on Cultural Property ● 1982 & the “common heritage of mankind” ● Nations opposed the regime for deep seabed mining ○ Required transferring mining technology and redistributing mining royalties to less developed  member states ● Conflict over the sea bed is more likely given abstention of the US and consequent difficulties in  working out a truly global regime Multiple forms of contemporary liberalism: Making a   Rechtsstaat    (state where man makes law) ● Sociological liberalism ○ Sense of community ■ Social media, technology to easily communicate  ○ Travel and deregulation ■ Students studying abroad ○ 3 revolutions ● Interdependence liberalism ○ Trading state and the DoL ○ Modern comparative advantage ○ Spillover theory of cooperation ■ Math is the same universally ○ Complex interdependence ■ International flights have to communicate ● Institutional liberalism ○ Rules, regimes, institutions ■ Mossack Fonseca­ law firm orchestrating tax evasion ● Shows we live in a liberal world, and need to be more liberal ● The power is in the institutions  ■ Nevada and Wyoming have loose regulatory regimes in collecting taxes ○ Fear and negotiation ● Republican liberalism ○ Democratization and (non)­conflict ■ Michael Doyle ■ Promoting democracy which is promoting peace  ○ 3 conditions of peace European Union ● Started in 1951 to improve comparative advantage in coal and steel industry (making war less  likely)  ○ Countries GDP grew steadily that were in EU  ● Currently contains 28 countries ● Operates often by treaties ● Maastricht treaty  ○ Currency (euro) ○ Free up movement work­ making work better and more humane  ● Power mostly in ○ European commission: 28 commissioners ○ European parliament: directly elected by citizens of European countries ■ Smaller countries do better because more proportional votes ○ Council of ministers (EU): ministers from each member state ● Developments ○ Worked by stealth  ○ Laterally dealing with tough issues ○ Schengen and Dublin agreements ■ Schengen­ for citizens of the EU, no more de facto borders, can travel freely  ■ Dublin­ asylum status in EU countries ■ Both really sticky arguments, but JHA (Justice and Home affairs) ● Not a part of the EU, security staff ● Ad hoc, informal way of them meeting and talking about issues ● Became a part of the EU in 2006 ○ Was a way for EU leaders to sidestep the hard issues ● Works by stealth, soaking up different favorable pieces of policy without a lot of clarity without  knowing who is doing what


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