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International System. The pattern of relations between nation-states and non-state international actors. Domestic Politics Formal Hierarchical Rules/regulations To produce justice Social contract. International Politics Two Views Anarchy Institutionalization. Comparison.

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International system

International System

  • The pattern of relations between nation-states and non-state international actors


Domestic Politics




To produce justice

Social contract

International Politics

Two Views




Categories of comparison

Categories of Comparison

  • Central Authority

  • Conflict Resolution and Force

Domestic politics central authority us constitution

Domestic Politics: Central AuthorityUS Constitution


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Us congress

US Congress



Us supreme court

US Supreme Court

International politics anarchy no central authority

International Politics: Anarchy: No Central Authority

Rules anarchy

Rules? Anarchy?

  • Sovereignty

  • Self-reliance

  • Capability

  • Might makes right

But institutions central authority in the making

But…Institutions: Central Authority in the Making?

  • Geneva Conventions

  • International

    Criminal Court

    (Rome Statute)

  • Kyoto Protocol

  • International Whaling


  • World Intellectual

    Property Rights Org.

Regional organizations

Regional Organizations

  • African Union (AU)

  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC)

  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

  • TheCommonwealth(Britain and nations that were former colonies, but remain close to Britain economically and politically)

  • Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Organization of Central Asian states, from Turkey to Kyrgyzstan

  • Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS)

  • European Union (EU)

  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

  • Organization of American States (OAS)

  • Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)

  • Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) -- a cartel of oil producing nations that spans several regions. 

  • Pacific Community (Pacific Island nations and territories)

Conflict resolution and force

Conflict Resolution and Force

  • Domestic Politics…

Tradition in international system anarchy

Tradition in International System: Anarchy?

Continued anarchy

Continued Anarchy?

Might makes right us mexican war 1846 1847

Might Makes Right:US-Mexican War 1846-1847

Japanese constitution 1946

Japanese Constitution 1946

Staff member BeateSirota Gordon, then in her early twenties, still remembers the day well: And one morning I came in..., it was ten a.m. and General Whitney [head of the government section] called us into a meeting room. It was too small for all of us. Some of us had to stand because there were about 25 of us. And he said, "You are now a constituent assembly…And you will write the Japanese constitution. You will write a draft and it will have to be done in a week." Well, I mean, we were stunned of course. But, on the other hand, when you're in the army and you get an order, you just do it. You just go ahead.

From PBS, The American Experience, MacArthur. Available at

Instutionalization international conflict resolution and regulation of the use of force

Instutionalization?International Conflict Resolution and Regulation of the Use of Force

United Nations

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Russia-China Border

WTO Dispute Resolution Mechanism

International Court of Justice

Old enemies new friends

Old Enemies, New Friends


The international system evolves

The International System Evolves

Anarchy Institutionalization

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