Chapter 2 The Evolution of World Politics This chapter has two goals: 1- General background on the most important events that have shaped the world of today. (Three Chapters of Modern World Drama) 2-The major characteristics of the current world system. 1 What is the International System?
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This chapter has two goals:
1- General background on the most important events that have shaped the world of today. (Three Chapters of Modern World Drama)
2-The major characteristics of the current world system.
An abstract concept that encompasses global actors, the interactions (especially patterns of interaction) among those actors, and the factors that cause those interactions. The international system is the largest of a vast number of overlapping political systems that extend downward in size to micropolitical systems at the local level. (Rourke's glossary, p. xliv)
The notion of "system" suggest three meanings:
-There is an "organic interaction" among different parts, components and players of this system. (organic means that every component affects and gets affected by other units.)
-It would suggest that these interactions are not fully random and unpredictable. Rather, there are general patterns of behavior in human life, groups and even nations.
-The "international system," moreover, assumes that the distribution of the power within the system determines (and in some cases dictates) the behavior of different actors.