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Liberalism and Its Critiques


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Washington State University
Pol_S 103 - International Politics

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Poli Sci 103 Lecture 4 Outline of Last Lecture I Vocab II Realism III Realism Tenets IV Evolution of Realist Thought V Variants of Realism VI Criticisms of Realism VII Neorealism Outline of Current Lecture I Liberalism II The Radical Critique III The Feminist Critiques IV Reflective Questions Current Lecture I Liberalism Holds reason ethics can overcome our love for power Optimism about the prospects of cooperation Emphasizes establishing stable democracies as ways to reduce conflict Politics not seen as zero sum Emphasizes free trade helps prevent disputes Stresses the importance of international institutions Also called idealism THREE STRANDS OF LIBERAL THEORY II III IV Liberal Institutionalism Complex Interdependence Theory Democratic Peace Theory EVOLUTION OF LIBERAL THOUGHT WWI war to end all wars 14 point speech liberal democ league of Nations Collective Security International Law Complex Interdependence International Regime Neoliberalism LIMITATIONS TO LIBERALISM Realists argue that institutions actually exert minimal influence on state behavior Prospects for cooperation more likely in low level politics than of high level politics Because of Christian undertone seen as moral crusade The Radical Critique Socialist focus on class conflict Dependency theory 3rd world povertexamy came from exploitative structure of capitalist world economy World system theory views world as Capitalist system with a core periphery and semi periphery this core shifting over time Radical critiques tend to overemphasize economic interpretations of international events The Feminist Critiques Examines exclusion of women in international affairs as well as the injustice and unequal treatment worldwide Explores how gender identity shapes foreign policy and how gender hierarchies reinforce these practices Need to focus on women as a whole not just female leaders Reflective Questions What are the strong and weak points of realism In the liberal paradigm how does anarchy create incentives

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