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When establishing a government, is a realist policy always the best option? When does an internationalist policy stretch itself beyond its capacity and how detrimental is this to a nation's well being?

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  • Submitted: 15/09/2003
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AS and A Level Political Philosophy

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Tristan Allen

Government

Political Essay

When establishing a government, is a realist policy always the best option? When does an internationalist policy stretch itself beyond its capacity and how detrimental is this to a nation's well being? Should there be a limit to political realism and internationalist policy? Numerous questions arise concerning the morals and ethics of realist policy. Many believe realism is unethical because is primarily a system used by economically developed nations for their own benefit by exploiting and intimidating developing nations. With this belief comes the idea that a realist policy heavily involves other nations, but only the subject nation's interests are considered. Is it possible to conduct a realist government while considering the needs of other nations? When attempting to answer these questions, it is imperative to understand the nature of realism as well its background. After obtaining an understanding of the subject, it is then possible to analyze its effectiveness.

Realism is an approach to the study and practice of international politics.

By definition, realism is the belief that nation's foreign policy should be based on the realities of human nature and history. Realists believe that

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