Political Realism Theory: Definition & Principles


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Realism attempts to explain international relations primarily through which of the following concepts?

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1. Which of the following is not an assumption of political realism?

2. What principle of realism involves a weaker State seeking to offset the power of a stronger State through the formation of an alliance with other States?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Political realism is one particular approach theorizing on the international relations between different states. The worksheet and quiz combo will help you understand this theory and learn about global relationships through the lens of political realism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • How realism explains international relations
  • Assumptions of political realism
  • International systems of state interaction
  • Principles of realism
  • Distribution of power in the international system

Skills Practiced

These evaluations will assess your skills of:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as distribution of power
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the principles of realism

Additional Learning

To comprehend all of the material, review the lesson Political Realism Theory: Definition & Principles. This lesson will focus on these objectives:

  • Discover established international systems that guide interactions between states
  • Know the principles of realism
  • Identify the idea of distribution of power
  • Learn how the realist theory approaches international relations
  • Review the assumptions of political realism
  • Distinguish the concept of neorealism