I have an in class exam the lecturer will ask 5 questions and we have to answer with a 200 word essay.
These are the questions they will ask from.
WEEK 2: ISSUES, CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES
REQUIRED READING: Mann, M. (1997), â€œHas Globalisation Ended the Rise and Rise of the Nation-State?â€, Review of International Political Economy, Vol.4, No.3, pp.472-496.
Martell, L. (2007), â€œThe Third Wave in Globalisation Theoryâ€, International Studies Review, Vol.9, No.2, pp.173-196.
Weiss, L. (2003), â€œIntroduction: Bringing Domestic Institutions Back Inâ€, in Weiss, L. ed., States in the Global Economy: Bringing Domestic Institutions Back In, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
SEMINAR QUESTIONS: These readings help to frame conceptions and the contour of debates about globalisation, and suggest some of the main issues arising.
1. Is the nation state dying a slow death as a result of globalisation?
2. Distinguish between: national, international, transnational and global actors/networks. Think about examples under each â€“ eg. Nike? Greenpeace?
3. Distinguish between the three main waves of theorising globalisation: radicals (hyperglobalists), sceptics, transformationalists and institutionalists.
WEEK 3: FOUR MAJOR DIMENSIONS OF GLOBALISATION
REQUIRED READING: Keohane, R. and Nye, J.S. (2000), â€œGlobalisation: Whatâ€™s New, Whatâ€™s Not? (And So What?)â€, Foreign Policy, Issue 118, Spring 2000, pp.104-119.
Friedman, T. (2000), The Lexus and the Olive Tree, revised edition, London: Harper Collins, chapter 6.
Mann, M. (2001), â€œGlobalisation and September 11â€, New Left Review, Vol.12, NovemberDecember, pp.51-72. SEMINAR QUESTIONS: The global spread of capitalist market relations is often depicted as a powerful integrating mechanism. But globalisation is not just an economic phenomenon. It is also cultural, military, and political.
1. Define the four main aspects of globalisation.
2. Are they distinct, or do they conceptually â€œoverlapâ€? 3. What are the unifying and fragmenting tendencies in each?
WEEK 4: POWER TO THE MARKET
REQUIRED READING: Strange, S. (1996), The Retreat of the State: The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chapter 1.
Altman, R. (2009), â€œThe Great Crash: A Geopolitical Setback for the Westâ€, Foreign Affairs, Vol.88, No.1, pp.2-14.
Wade, R. (2010), â€œIs the Globalization Consensus Dead?â€, Antipode, Vol.41, No.S1, pp.141165. SEMINAR QUESTIONS: The transborder growth of trade, production, and financial transactions has greatly increased the power of markets. But the extent to which this process has displaced national economies and eroded the powers of the state is contested.
1. Do you agree that states have lost power to impersonal â€œmarket forcesâ€? Or is it more accurate to say they have chosen to do so? What are the implications?
2. Does giving power to the market benefit certain states? Or are there universal impacts on all of them? Would you revise your view in the light of events following the 2008 financial meltdown?
WEEK 5: THE STATE AND GLOBALISATION
Vogel, S. (2001), â€œThe Crisis of German and Japanese Capitalism: Stalled on the Road to the Liberal Market Model?â€, Comparative Political Studies, Vol.34, No.10, pp.1103-1133.
Mikler J. (2012), â€œStill Stalled on the Road to Neoliberal Globalisation? The Endurance of National Varieties of Capitalism,â€ in Stillwell, F., Cahill, D., and Edwardsâ€™ L. eds., Neoliberalism: Beyond the Free Market, Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
Breslin, S. (2012), â€œGovernment-Industry Relations in China: A Review of the Art of the Stateâ€, in Andrew Walter and Xiaoke Zhang eds., East Asian Capitalism: Diversity, Continuity and Change, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
SEMINAR QUESTIONS: Globalists have long been predicting the erosion of distinctive varieties of capitalism along with the erosion of institutional diversity at the national level. In this class we ask whether liberalisation (the drive to remove barriers to trade and investment) and the powerful spread of neoliberal ideas and policies throughout the world are producing convergence on the US (â€˜free marketâ€™) model.
1. What is neoliberalism? Does the neoliberal state exist?
2. What are the key elements of the US (sometimes called the â€œAnglo-Saxonâ€) model of capitalism? And the alternatives?
3. Is the world converging on the US model, or will national institutional differences endure? What factors push towards or against convergence/divergence?
WEEK 6: GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: NORTH-SOUTH RELATIONS
REQUIRED READING: Wolf, M. (2004), Why Globalisation Works, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, chapter 10.
Chang, H. (2008), Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism, New York: Bloomsbury Press, chapter 1.
Rodrik, D. (2001), â€œTrading in Illusionsâ€, Foreign Policy, Issue 123, March/April, pp.54-62. SEMINAR QUESTIONS: Globalisation is said to by some to be good for developing countries, while others deride it as the cause of their underdevelopment. This week we consider debates on whether economic openness hinders or facilitates development.
1. What are the benefits and pitfalls of globalisation for developing countries (the socalled â€œSouthâ€)?
2. Is deeper economic integration (eg. free trade, foreign direct investment) likely to resolve their core problems? Should they overwhelmingly embrace economic openness?
3. If you were briefing a developing countryâ€™s government, what would you advise?