Key themes and ideas of Realists

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Power Politics (give a theorist)
Realists believe the pursuit of power is human kinds principle goal (Hobbes)
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Theories on human nature (56)
1)Nature not nurture. 2) Instinct over intellect (pursuit of power) 3) humans self seeking and egotistical
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Theories on Human rights (310)
1) soft issue 2) don't like optimistic view of human nature under HR 3) national interest over individual interest 4) int politics cant be held on moral terms
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Theories on war and peace (244)
1) war is inevitable 2) war comes from power politics 3) decisions on war come from cost benefit analysis 4) main factor between war and peace is balance of power 5) pursuit of national interest leads to conflict
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Theories on the balance of power (268) (theorist)
1) The theory of international politics (Waltz) 2) Power is only check on power 3) balance of power lead to peace and stability 4)
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Theories on the end of the cold war (218)
1) shock to most realists 2) contradiction of pursuit of self interest as soviets willing to give up military and political domination 3) war only end when one beats another or both or one decline in power (Soviets may of done this)
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Theories on global economic governance (463)
1) world economy is an arena for competition each state looking for wealth and power 3) economic cooperation is fairly limited 4) cooperation more likely with global hegemony but system will break down when Hegemon does (USA decline Breton woods)
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Theories on Global Political Economy (87)
1)state most significant economic actor 2) global economy characterised by conflict as states compete for power 3) favor exports over imports
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Theories on globalisation (12)
1)skeptical of it 2) see it as intensifying economic independence 3) state still dominant power 4) globalisation made by states for states 5)
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Theories on international law (340)
1)distinction between int law and domestic law 2) more of a collection of moral principles 3) int law reflects powerful state interest 4)int law uphold state soverginity
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Theories on international organisations (437)
1) ineffective. question authority 2) struggle for power of harmony of interest 3) little scope for cooperation 4) they erode nation state authority 5) linked to global hegemon
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Theories on Nationalism (162)
1) emergence of sovereign state more important (peace of Westphalia 1648) 2) more inter state system 3) key to state power 4) state interests seen as national interests
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Theories on The state (115)
1)view from int system 2) state behavior driven by wish to survive 3) state-centric view of global politics 4) internal behavior of a state irrelevant to external
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Theories on terrorism (287)
1) contravening morality possible to protect political community 2) counter terrorist strategies can infringe civil liberties 3) terrorist groups too weak to directly challenge state so attack civilians.
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1)Nature not nurture. 2) Instinct over intellect (pursuit of power) 3) humans self seeking and egotistical

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Theories on human nature (56)

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1) soft issue 2) don't like optimistic view of human nature under HR 3) national interest over individual interest 4) int politics cant be held on moral terms

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1) war is inevitable 2) war comes from power politics 3) decisions on war come from cost benefit analysis 4) main factor between war and peace is balance of power 5) pursuit of national interest leads to conflict

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1) The theory of international politics (Waltz) 2) Power is only check on power 3) balance of power lead to peace and stability 4)

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