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International Relations

International Relations

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Published by: Miranda Aliashvili on Sep 21, 2010
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Introduction toInternational Relations
Three Theoretical Perspectives
 
Wh
at is a t
h
eory?
S
implification of reality
Perspective ±tells you where to look
S
tatement about cause and effect
 ±Which variables go together? (correlation) ±Why does this regularity occur? (causal mechanism)
I
ndependent/explanatory variable = cause
D
ependent variable = effect/outcome
 
Wh
y t
h
eories are necessary
Too much information available to be able toprocess it without guidance about what is relevantor irrelevant
N
o rational action without hypothesis about causeand effect

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