Title page for ETD etd-03172010-020352
|Type of Document
||Madsen, Scott E.
||An examination of three approaches to the study of the politics of interdependence
||Master of Arts
|Luke, Timothy W.
|Aistrup, Joseph A.
|Date of Defense
This thesis examines three approaches to the study of
the politics of interdependence: realism, holism, and the
state-based approach. To facilitate this analysis effort
will be directed into three areas. First, the definitional
clarity of each theory will be examined to determine if the
concept of interdependence and related notions have been
fully developed. Definitional clarity is of critical
importance before any attempt can be made at applying the
concepts. Secondly, the individual ability of each theory
to explain the manifestations of conditions of
interdependence will be examined. Finally, the specific
relationship between the United States and Canada will be
examined within the auspices of each approach to determine
the ability of each to provide useful insight into the
politics within this relationship. From this, it will be
demonstrated that the state-based approach, with its
concentration on the examination of bilateral relationships and the employment of an extreme method of disaggregation,
is by far the most appropriate method to study conditions of
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