PLS 222-01

  • Holy Roman Empire -> modern state system since 1648
    • Thirty Years’ War
    • Treaty of Westphalia
    • Martin Luther & Reformation
  • Sovereign States
    • MNC’s
    • IGO’s
    • NGO’s
  • Religion
  • Individuals

Integrating? Disintegrating? No longer bi-polar world

How we study this complex system: 3 levels of analysis

  1. Individual
    • Leaders
    • Decision-making patterns
      • Species
      • idiosyncratic
      • in groups or organizations
      • wishful thinking
      • groupthink
      • perceptions
  2. State
    • Authoritarian?
    • Democratic?
    • MIC (military-industrial complex)
    • Congress v. President on intermestic issues
    • CIA flow of information
  3. System
    • if Anarchic, violence will be common
    • state will seek security

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