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Introduction to International Relations

by: Ellie Gluhosky

Introduction to International Relations 32124

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Hi, here are week 3 of the notes!
PSCI 230X-01
Karen Adams
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Introduction to International Relations, political science, PSCI 230X
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Date Created: 02/28/16
Week 3 Notes (International Relations) Idealism  Assume that human nature is inherently good. On a graph they would say that as time increases, so does cooperation and peace.  Different sub theories disagree about whether or not cooperation is inevitable or should happen faster. o Classical Liberals- focus on individual level of analysis and human nature.  Economic Liberals- the equivalent of a “republican”. Human nature is fundamentally interested in prosperity and consumerism. People should have the ability to make wealth through the market with limited governmental intervention. However the state must still intervene.  On a spectrum of the market, from “no intervention” (libertarian) to “full intervention” (socialism), economic liberalism would be the left half, whereas political liberalism would be the right half of the spectrum.  Individual desire for wealth, overall better to live in a capitalist economy.  Human nature tends to lead to the creation of the capitalist state. Capitalism leads to peace. In other words, economic liberals believe that you shouldn’t spend money on war, you should just attempt to acquire personal wealth. o Collective vs. Relative Gains  Relative- think about how much power/wealth/etc. you need in comparison to others. Look out for yourself. A realist would tend to focus on relative gains.  Absolute- think about the total world power/wealth/etc. to make it the best situation for everyone, or look for what is best for the international system rather than just your individual state. An economic liberal would tend to focus on absolute gains. o Political Liberals- believe that everything works better when people have the freedom to choose, however no intervention is not the answer. For the system to work well, people want justice more than wealth as is human nature. We want to be respected in international affairs, an establishment of democracy.  Management of the market= management of the state o Neoliberalism- international level of analysis  Neoliberal economics- interdependence, people benefit from competing capitalist states, that competition eventually leads to cooperation.  Example- China, pursuing more cooperation with other capitalist states i.e. United States, win-win situation.  Political Neoliberals- clear financial institutions and regimes are needed in the international realm. A more regulated environment is driven by human nature’s desire for justice and moves towards perhaps a world government.  Interventionism vs. neo-conservatism  Interventionists- strong states have the responsibility to help free states to allow others to experience freedom and democracy.  Neoconservatism- the Bush Doctrine is an example- impose the authoritarian leader and instill a democratic idealism upon the state often by force. o The idea is to intervene as political liberals, the members of the state would just know how to function in a democracy as the desire for freedom is our human nature.  World public opinion is very important, a lot of attention is paid to general world assemblies, because it is very important to know what the world public opinion is. Those who don’tpay attention will suffer.  Movement towards interdependence etc. will increase because of technology, benign view of technology states that humans will use technology to make their lives better.


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