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Department
Political Science
Course
POL2103
Professor
Ivaylo Grouev
Semester
Fall

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POL 2103: Lecture #7  Oct 1, 2012 Neo­Conservatism  Intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise­ Victor Hugo  1. Should the Us be bound by international law and be accountable to transnational regimes and  institutions. 2. Does the US need to focus on courting European support in order to gain legitimacy in its role as global  hegemon. Neo conservatism rests on two principal assumptions:  American excetptionalism  Will to engage hostile regimes  The American notions of freedom and democracy that characterize the American political system constitute  the very core of the powerful idea of American exceptionalism  The founding fathers of the American federation envisioned a political mission with liberty and freedom as  its rock bottom ideals   Belief in uniqueness of the American political system a distinctive nation and superior to all other nations  on earth.  In practical terms it meant an American mission of promoting freedom and democratic rights throughout the  world. Strengthen American defense to support American global leadership  Expand the empire of liberty and freedom, democracy and the free market  What is the beneficiary of this policy?  The World Order/ The Whole humanity? Peoples living under authoritarian anti democratic regimes  States (US, UK)  IOs: (NATO?)  MNC: (KBR, Boeing)  Focus Groups? Constructivism:   Constructivism is much more of an approach that a fully fledged theory  its disciplines propose a variety of perspectives and pursue quite different agendas too.  Constructivist theory rejects the basic assumption of neo realist theory that the state of anarchy lack of a  higher authori
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