Theories of Global politics 3:D

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  • Theories of Global politics
    • Realism
      • Based on the combined ideas of human selfishness or egoism and the structural implications of international anarchy.
      • "A war of all against all"- Thomas Hobbes
      • Examples of dominance of Realism
        • Historically: arms race between USA/USSR - countries have equipped themselves extensively to protect their own sovereignty.
        • Acting in self interest: States do not intervene in conflicts when they can e.g. Rwanda, Congo and Darfur
        • Territory increases one's power and security: E.g. Israel/ Palestine/ Gaza conflict
        • National security: US "War on Terror" - Iraq held oil but had no links to Al Quaeda or weapons on mass destruction
    • Idealism
      • Based on the view of international politics is a belief in harmony or balance
        • Explains that states can function and relate to each other in a cooperative and unselfish manner without a world government
      • "Always recognise that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your ends" - Immanuel Kant
      • Examples of dominance of Idealism
        • Tends to arise after a period of conflict
        • The EU was formed post WW11
    • Marxism, Neo Marxism and Critical Theory
      • Believe in absolute economic equality - that they should enjoy the same rewards, no matter what work they do and what position they may hold.
      • Critical Theory argued that capitalism class system is upheld not simply by unequal economic and political power but "Hegemony"
  • Based on the combined ideas of human selfishness or egoism and the structural implications of international anarchy.
  • "A war of all against all"- Thomas Hobbes

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Old Sir

The five Powerpoints by Laura labelled 3D, of which this is one, will be very useful when used in conjunction with one another, as a starting-point for students preparing to discuss the major issues of international politics. Each of them makes brief reference to some of the areas from which case studies or examples may be gathered in order to engage in meaningful discussion and address assessment objective 2, (evaluation and analysis).

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