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How does liberalism view international politics?
Positive view, based on a belief in human rationality and moral goodness .
Individuals, groups, states may pursue self-interest, but a natural equilibrium will tend to assert itself. A balance of interests will develop amongst the states of the world.
What do liberalists think of the realist ideas?
Liberals believe in internationalism and hold that realists substantially underestimate the scope for cooperation and trust to develop within the international system.
Do liberalist think international order will simply arise?
No, mechanisms are needed to constrain the ambitions of sovereign states, and these take the form of international organizations and international regimes.
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