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International Political Theories - Chapter Summary
Work through this chapter at your own pace to review several international political theories. Taught by subject matter experts, these lessons breaks down key international relations concepts as well as the theories of liberal internationalism, Marxism, political realism and more. The chapter is available 24/7, and to help you reinforce your understanding of these political theories, we've included short quizzes throughout. You can also submit questions to our instructors if you have any. By the end of the chapter, you'll be able to:
- Define international relations
- Explain the principles of liberal internationalism and political realism
- Understand how Marxist theory has impacted politics
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of regime theory
1. What Is International Relations?
The study of international relations is becoming ever more important as our world becomes more interconnected. In this lesson, you'll learn about what international relations is and some important related concepts.
2. Political Realism Theory: Definition & Principles
Actions of states on the world stage can affect billions of people, which is why understanding international relations is so important. In this lesson, you'll learn about one theory that attempts to explain international relations - political realism.
3. Liberal Internationalism: Definition & Principles
One of the great debates in the study of international relations is between the realism school of thought and liberal internationalism. In this lesson, you'll learn about liberal internationalism and its core principles.
4. Marxist Theory: Definition & Impact on Politics
One of the most controversial theories of international relations in the Western world is Marxism. In this lesson, you'll learn about Marxism, its principles, its role in international relations and its strengths and weaknesses.
5. Principles of Regime Theory: Strengths & Weaknesses
International relations theorists attempt to explain how actors on the world stage gain security in an environment of anarchy. In this lesson, you'll learn about regime theory and its explanation of how actors try to create order out of chaos.
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