Moravscik: Taking preferences seriously

pp 516-528

Before you read

I. Think over the following questions

  1. What do you know about the author of the text? What is his contribution to the theory of international relations? Have you read anything by this author before?
  2. Skim the text very quickly and say who it is intended for.
  3. What is the register of the text?

II. Do some Internet research and look up the information on the following:

  • risk-averse/ risk-acceptant individuals
  • reductionist theory
  • revisionist and status-qou states
  • intensity preference
  • Pareto efficiency
  • The Macedonian Syndrome

While you read

Read the text carefully, pencil in hand and

  • find the following words in the text; try to guess their meanings using the context

embed (verb)

constraint (noun)

endowment (noun)

exacerbate (verb)

alter (verb)

consistent (adj)

be subject to

enfranchise (verb)

propensity (noun)

converge (verb)

  • find Russian equivalents of the words above
  • match the words from the list with their less formal synonyms
embed escalate
exacerbate prone 
alter empower 
be subject toinclination
enfranchise provision

Read the text again and elucidate on the following notions:



qualitative category

extensive empirical data 


plausible example





After you read

I. Answer the following questions:

  1. What insight does Liberal IR theory rely on? What three core assumptions is it based on? What variants of Liberal theory derive from these assumptions?
  2. Elaborate on the concept of «Social identity» within the frameworks of Liberal theory.

II. Summarise the ideas of the chapter. Assess the text critically according to the following criteria:

  • novelty (have you learned anything new?)
  • relevance (is this information relevant? Will it be of any use in your own research paper?)
  • complexity (was it hard to grasp the main ideas of the text?)