Politics & International Relations

Politics & International Relations Choose one of the essay questions listed below and write a research essay in response to that question. The purpose ofthe essay is to develop your capabilities in reading, interpretation and critical analysis. It will allow you to gain a developed understanding of one area ofthe course and will test your ability to construct a clear and coherent argument in response to the essay question. Detailed information about essay writing and criteria against which essays will be assessed will be provided in lectures and in written form on LMS. Essays should be handed in to the Politics & International Relations Essay box on Level 4, Social Sciences Building, and all students must submit their essays to Turnitin to ensure the academic integrity oftheirwork. To submit your assignment to Turnitin, click on the Turnitin folder on this Subject’s LMS site and followthe instructions. Essay Questions 1.Contrary to much popularthinking, globalization is not killing the state, it is underlining its fundamental importance to political and economic life in the 21st century.’ Critically evaluate this claim. 2. Is state capitalism better placed to cope with the challenges of globalization than other models of capitalism? 3. How effective are multilateral economic institutions at achieving their core organizational purpose? Answerwith detailed reference to ONE institution. 4. To what extent have events since the 2008 global financial crisis challenged the liberal ideas that are so dominant in international economic thinking? 5. ˜The financial crisis of2008 was not a case of markets failing, instead it shows how markets ultimately rectify their internal shortcomings.’ Critically evaluate this claim. 6.Why has regionalism become such a popular strategy to cope with globalization? 7. ˜It doesn’t matterthat the WTO is unfair, as long as the overall economic benefits from trade liberalization are large enough, the WTO is doing its job.’ Critically evaluate this claim. 8.The primary reason that nearly 1 billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in the past 20 years has been capitalism and free trade.’ Critically evaluate this claim.

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