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Outline the main principles of idealism in the context of international relations.

Topic: Ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

7. Outline the main principles of idealism in the context of international relations. (250 words)

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G Subba Rao and P. N. Roy Chowdhury

Why the question:

The question is about the main principles of idealism applied to the context of international relations.

Key Demand of the question:

Outline the main principles of idealism in the context of international relations.

Directive:

Outline – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain what idealism means in the context of international relations.

Body:

The broad understanding sees idealism as a perennial doctrine or disposition towards world affairs which can be witnessed in all historical periods where independent political communities exist in a condition of anarchy i.e. in the absence of central government. Idealism is an optimistic doctrine which seeks to transcend the international anarchy, and create a more cosmopolitan and harmonious world order.

Explain the features; Idealism is centered on the notion that states are rational actors capable of ensuring lasting peace and security rather than resorting to war. Idealism is also marked by the prominent role played by international law and international organizations in its conception of policy formation.

Give examples to justify your points.

Conclusion:

Conclude with importance.