Theory of World Politics
Theory of World Politics PSC 204- Dr. Chyzh
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Intro Theory of World Politics Theory set of statements to explain a phenomenon by confronting a quotpuzzlequot and providing the quotpiecesquot as to why the quotpuzzlequot exists 4 components of a theory 0 Credibility mechanism 0 Reverse causality o Covariation o Spurious relationship a thirdoutside variable in uences the two observed variables Theories must be testable general rather than narrow and parsimonious Theory gt hypothesis gt testing gt evaluation of hypothesis gt evaluation of theory Interaction theory more interactions bwn ppl means more likely they are to be friends 0 Ex alliance countries friends 0 Ex border countries friends or foes Countries can39t choose their geographic location 0 Border countries are similar to you more likely a friend 0 Border countries are different from you more likely a foe Theories describe events predict outcomes and prescribe responses Probabilistic claims argument about the factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of an outcome Framework of world politics 0 Interest what one want39s to achieve via political action 0 Interactions ways in which choices of two or more actors combine to produce political outcomes Two types cooperation and bargaining Cooperation actions adopt policies that make one better off relative to status quo 0 Actors wcommon interest act in coordinated way to achieve the interest Bargaining actors choose outcomes that make one better off relative to the other 0 Institutions set of rules that structure political interaction Level of analysis domestic international transnational affects both domestic and internatl World politics international relations understand how ppl and countries get along 3 quotismsquot of world politics 0 Realism Political bargaining game State power Institutions are weak or none existent One state gets power at the other state39s expense 0 Liberalism Politics is cooperation Freedoms Institutions are important Common interest among actors trying to avoid con ict 0 Constructivism Institutions are important Moral vs practical decision making Conform to norms gt standardize behavior