POLI 243 Lecture Notes - Railways Act 1921, Kenneth Waltz

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
School
McGill University
Department
Political Science
Course
POLI 243
Professor
January 9, 2012
POLI 243 International Politics of Economic Relations
Mark.brawley@mcgill.ca
Office hours: Wed 12:30-2:30 @ Lea 330
- Theoretical approach’s to Intl’ politics applied to varied current events
- Divided into 3 portions
- political economy: trade/monetary relations
Formal Final exam (40%)
- essay question covering the readings (use in class readings and outside class readings)
- essay question about issues
week of Jan 23rd (no Friday lecture, start conferences)
Theory
Cause and effect (causation, correlation)
Probabilistic statement: Kenneth Waltz “our theories are probabilistic statements “if then” “
They are not laws (i.e. law of gravity)
Independent/ dependent variables
The Qualities of a Theory
Accuracy
Parsimony or leverage (picking and choosing information to convey)
Generalizability
Presented as representations of reality
Tasks for a Theory
Description of events (why did it happen?)
Prediction (what will happen in another similar situation)
Prescription (what steps should the gov’t take)
Provide normative goals
Theories begin w/ assumptions
Built on assumptions which shape the qualities of each theory
Assume it is true, we know that it is not always true
o Ie. that a country is an actor, that actors are rational (cost/benefit)
Test assumptions by applying theories
Grouping Theories by shared assumptions
Paradigm
o Example: create theory w/ cause and effect and then applies to varied cases
o Approach: school of thought
Level of analysis
Distinguished on core assumptions
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Poli 243 international politics of economic relations. Theoretical approach"s to intl" politics applied to varied current events. Essay question covering the readings (use in class readings and outside class readings) Essay question about issues week of jan 23rd (no friday lecture, start conferences) Probabilistic statement: kenneth waltz our theories are probabilistic statements if then . They are not laws (i. e. law of gravity) Parsimony or leverage (picking and choosing information to convey) Description of events (why did it happen?) Prediction (what will happen in another similar situation) Prescription (what steps should the gov"t take) Built on assumptions which shape the qualities of each theory. Assume it is true, we know that it is not always true. Ie. that a country is an actor, that actors are rational (cost/benefit) Paradigm: example: create theory w/ cause and effect and then applies to varied cases, approach: school of thought.

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