POL208Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Realpolitik, Democratic Peace Theory, Security Dilemma

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10 Oct 2016
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Bush assumes: democracies do not go to war with each other when he led us to war in iraq. This is the democratic peace theory: eventually became very popular. Keynes: practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist . Many political leaders are shaped from theories they are not even aware of. Are some exceptions eg. war of: democratic peace theory has some exceptions. Theory: democracies are far less likely to fight each other. Maps draw imaginary lines that don"t exist. Maps are different even for the same area based on the use. Theory is not always reality map is not the territory. A theory that includes everything is a useless theory. Liberalism and realism don"t try to explain everything. What is the rational decision: it"s to confess but it is being fearful. Many political decisions involve a prisoner"s dilemma.

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