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Political Science
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Lecture 7 Potential Essay areas for Exam 1  Explain and evaluate realism, neoliberalism, and constructivism. Which theory seems most compelling and why?  Discuss the causes and systemic consequences of WWI. How does this war impact IR today?  Discuss the research on how group behavior and bureaucracies can impact foreign policy making.  Discuss different research and analytical approaches used to study international relations. How “scientific” is this field of study? 5 short answers (10 points each) - *Discuss realism 10 fill-in-the-blanks of key terms/key people State Level: Democracy and War  89 Free Countries/58 Partly free/47 Not Free (Freedom House 2010)  Democracy Peace Theory  Immanuel Kant, Woodrow Wilson, Bill Clinton  Strong empirical evidence – very good research showing that democracies do not go to war with one another  Exceptions: Democracies still wage war and do conduct “covert” wars  Realism makes no distinction of what countries are like internally and behave in self-interest  Democracies and Military Victory  Democracies and War Initiation National Culture and Foreign Policy Making  Swedish Foreign Policy Culture – no war since 1814. Social constraints constructed. Do not get involved in war.  Neutrality and “military nonalignment” – not a part of NATO  Neutrality does not mean pacifistic. Swedes want to be active in wor
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