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Chapter 2

CHAPTER 2: SYSTEM LEVEL ARGUMENTS

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Department
Political Science
Course
POLI 243
Professor
Mark Brawley
Semester
Winter

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CHAPTER 2 SYSTEM LEVEL ARGUMENTS System level theories concentrate on characteristics of the international system to explain state behaviorStructural Realists use the distribution of power to explain state behaviorRealistsStructure is defined in terms of distribution of capabilitiesFinding a stable peace has to be found in the distribution of powerRelate changing distributions of power with changes in international regimes WaltzSovereign states will attempt to balance power as the means for individual states to surviveIn a unipolar state all states would ban together to balance powerBalance of Power TheoryWaltz and Bipolarity o Internal requires the dedication of greater economic resources or wealth to the realization of power o External form alliancesBand wagoning weaker states joining the more powerful state to ensure stabilitydependence situation Intern
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