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IR Final Exam Study Guide

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IR Final Exam Study Guide POLI 2500

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This is a comprehensive and detailed study guide for Professor Kiel's last IR exam. It covers the economy, globalization, development, trade and the environment. Hope this helps!
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Study Guide for Midterm Exam II I. Major Ideas of Readings 1. Coflan: discusses balance of trade (deficit and surplus), China’s trading partners have seen decreases in surpluses or growing deficits 2. Cowen: “Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth” but helps other things (environment, peaceful relations, social tolerance, etc.) 3. Slaughter: comparative advantage andAmerican jobs, US workers benefit when industries invest where they are most productive 4. VanGrasstek: Multilateral trade systems, GATT —> WTO 5. Micklethwait: nation states most important players in a globalized economy, defend globalization and debunks myths 6. Stiglitz: fair trade/trade liberalization makes people worse off, contributes to world growing inequality 7. The Economist: 8. Tanner: ending world poverty unrealistic, relative poverty is inevitable, energy should be focused on reducing inequality (making a fairer world) 9. Moyo: foreign aid hurtingAfrica; cycle of corruption, poverty, and slow economic growth; forging aid creates cycle of debt (must repay loans) 10.Altman: poor countries have too many entrepreneurs and not enough factory workers, need economy of scale 11.Hardin: tragedy of the commons, population problem, must extend morality 12. Ratner: International law goal is to enhance peace, protect right and reduce evils; problems = must make legit precepts and make them stick (implement and enforce) 13. McFarlane: sovereignty vs. self-determination (sometimes contradict each other), must add international responsibility as a norm 14. UDHR: equal rights for all, right to assembly, right to freedom, etc. 15. Sen: “Human Rights and the Westernizing Illusion”, individual freedom is not only a Western value, it is simply a more recent value (there is diversity in moral beliefs in all cultures) II. Terms and Concepts A. Economy: 1. Balance of trade (surplus, deficit) - value of state’s imports relative to its exports; • producing goods outside country implies rise in domestic unemployment • favorable balance of trade: positive balance of trade surplus: country exports more than it imports • • deficit: country imports more than it exports • trade deficit does not equal budget deficit 2. Protectionism (why and how) - states try to manipulate international trade to strengthen domestic industries; discourage imports • states try to manipulate international trade to strengthen domestic industries protect against international competition) • must protect industry, vital to national security • defense against predatory foreign states or companies 3. tariffs - tax on imports to discourage them 4. non-tariff barriers: example - quotas (fixed number allowed) • has positive and negative effects; short-term = stabilizing 5. IPE - international political economy relationship btw international politics and international economy • • domestic politics/economy affects international politics/economy & vice versa • $18 billion worth of trader per year 6. Liberalism (in IPE) - economic liberalism • assumes anarchy and cooperation to realize common goals thru international organizations, institutions and norms • cares about absolute increase in wealth (not relative power) • government has no role • substantial economic gains can be realize through trade 7. Mercantilism - idea that the creation of wealth underlies state power, economics should serve politics, prominent in Britain but declined in 19th c. 8.Absolute/comparative advantage • absolute: country can supply commodity cheaper than others comparative: ability to produce a good/service at a lower opportunity cost than • another party 9. Efficiency - requires… • large number of sellersAND buyers • complete information 10. Political Interferences: • monopolies, oligopolies, corruption, taxation, sanctions, autarky (self-reliance, avoid trade) ~ fixed (government decides) vs floating (global currency markets decide) exchange rate ~ states can manipulate current price to manipulate balance of trade by boosting trade and achieving trade surplus B. Globalization: time it takes for goods, people, information, and money to flow across borders, and the cost of moving them are decreasing; increase international trade, single world market 1. History • 1750 Britain had industrialization, free trade and technological innovation —> Great Depression resulted in protectionist policy —> Keynesian economics • increase in international imports and exports 2. International framework (GATT to WTO, bilateral, regional) General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1947 • • World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995 - an IGO that monitors and promotes international trade, has 159 countries in membership • World Bank - loans for reconstruction in W. Europe, later for developing countries • International Monetary Fund - coordinates international currency exchange • Bilateral trade agreements - two states agree (ex: to have same tariff on goods); reciprocal arrangements • Regional free trade areas - customs union, common market 3. Most-Favored Nation Principle • a level of treatment of one state to another • MFN status still has to be treated equally • trade restrictions imposed by a WTO member or its MFN trading partner must be applied equally to all WTO members non-discrimination • • guarantees equal trading opportunity and makes previously bilateral agreements multilateral 4. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) - trade concessions to third world states to help economic development 5. Pros and Cons of Free Trade • benefits to belonging to WTO outweigh the costs • cons = environmental issues, human rights (minimum wage, child labor, worker safety) issues • pros = lower prices on goods from low-wage countries, consumers spend more money and lead to more U.S. employment, cheap imports help keep inflation low (benefits citizens/politicians) C. Development: 1. Measuring poverty - definition: lack of sufficient income and often accompanied by insufficient nutrition, housing and other necessities • GDP (average income), average income adjusted for living, poverty level, basic human needs, inequality (Gini coefficient) and gender equality • absolute = income • relative = inequality (income relative to someone else’s) 2. Inequality 3. Basic Human Needs - food, shelter, education (literacy is key), health care and safe water 4. Roots of Inequality • European colonization critical to their economic development —> impoverished rest of world… Europe’s “first-mover” advantage (economies of scale, network effect and investment funds) • problem of late development = competition from developed nations • declining terms of trade = developing countries rely on commodity exports, technology advance minimize manufactured goods, developing countries must export ever- increasing amounts of raw materials to earn money 5. Strategies for Development a. import substitution - development of local industries to produce items that a country previously imported to create a trade surplus - BUT - against principle of comparative advantage and not proven effective) b. export-led growth - develop industries that can compete in specific niches in world economy, may received special subsidies or access to local market, exports creates a favorable balance of trade c. state socialism - concerned with distributing wealth as much as the actual absolute creation of wealth; state redistributes wealth and manages economy; state economic planning (ex: 5-year plans) - BUT - no incentive for efficient, stymied innovation (USSR failed example) - creation of wealth in North comes at expense of South (North-South divide is a zero sum game) 6. Washington Consensus • idea that development occurs through state intervention, open economic and free trade; with a minimized state role in economy…liberals say this is proved by the “Asian Tigers” success • BUT…none of these were democracies, government had active role in making money for investment/directing investment, state helped build legal/bureaucratic infrastructure needed for capitalism to thrive (so… states had to take active role in encomium development after all) 7. Developmental State - that state being developed 8. Good Governance = transparent, controlled by rule of law, accountable and effective 9. ForeignAssistance (donors, conditions, shortcomings of aid) • money made available to third world state to help speed development or meet basic humanitarian needs • mostly comes from North governments • private donors provide smaller amounts (ex: Bill Gates) • DevelopmentAssistance Committee (DAC) - international forum of largest donor to contribute to aid • shift from: infrastructure —> basic human needs —> structural adjustment —> good governance • shortcomings: aid goes to government, sometimes government is the barrier to development, loans are a financial burden (debt), and tied aid (must be spent on goods from donor) —> bilateral foreign aid agreements often serve needs of donor not the developmental needs of recipients • Israel,Afghan and Egypt = top recipients of US foreign aid D. Environment: 1. CollectiveAction/Public Goods Problem (definition, examples, solutions, barriers to solutions) - collective goods are non-excludable and non-rivalrous - examples: pollution of water and air, overfishing, loss of biodiversity, global warming, etc. - collective goods problem = the problem of how to provide something that benefits all members of a group regardless of what each member contributes to it - problem: defection (free-riding) - harder on an internationally large scale, smaller groups easier because less free-rising, more impact and easier punishment - solutions: dominance, reciprocity, identity - environmental solutions: hegemony, privatization, quotas and trading, regulation 2. Sustainable Development - refers to economic growth that does not deplete resources and destroy ecosystems so quickly that economic growth is itself undermined 3. Climate Change Cooperation as a CollectiveAction Problem - VIEWS - Liberalism: cooperation and regimes - Realism: environmental competition and conflict - Economic Structuralism: distributive effects of environmental agreements - Constructivism: emergence of new norms and interests - Feminism: gender, power, and the environment - *barriers: domestic politics, complexity, competing economic priorities, economic competitiveness, conflict with free trade agreements, equity, scientific uncertainty - short-term costs, long-term benefits - oil companies/industrial workers pay the cost, benefits more evenly distributed - benefits shared 4. Climate Change as a Threat to International Security - Kyoto Protocol (1997): treaty to limit GHG emissions, 2009 Copenhagen Summit for follow-up treaty, 2013 Warsaw Summit, 2015 Paris Summit, Bilateral agreements (ex: US and China) - Rising waters, Scarce resources, Weather changes -> Food supply, Wars resulting from scarcity, Migration E. International law: 1. ImportanceAccording to Theories - “a set of rules and obligations that states recognize as binding on one another” - must be recognized by states to be law among states - derived from tradition and agreements by states - no central authority, important to help maintain peace and unity - the theory of “just war” helped create need for international law (idea that there must be a just cause to declare war, must have legitimate authorities, means must be humane and means must be proportional to ends obtained) 2. Sources of International Law - Treaties and other written conventions signed by states, Customs, General principles of law, Legal scholarship 3. Enforcement - depends on reciprocity, collective actions/responses and international norms - depends entirely on national power - UN Security Council - WTO Dispute Settlement Body (treaty organizations) - blended enforcement (international body and state contribute) - enforcement by individual states 4. International Court of Justice (jurisdiction, tasks, weaknesses) - jurisdiction = limited and caseload light, only states can be sued, 12 judges elected to 9 year terms by majority insecurity Council and GeneralAssembly - location = The Hague, the Netherlands - weaknesses = states have not agreed to subject themselves to jurisdiction or obey its decisions & only a third have signed the optional clause in the treaty agreeing to give the Court jurisdiction in certain cases - main use is to arbitrate issues of secondary importance between countries with friendly relations - advantages to having international cases in national courts = more enforceable, pursued by individuals not just states, can pick most favorable legal system to one’s case (U.S. is a favorite jurisdiction b/c juried award big money and many people do business in U.S. so can collect damages) 5. International Regimes - set of rules, norms, and procedures around which the expectations of actors converge in a certain issue area; participants have similar ideas about what rules will govern their mutual participation - help solve collective goods problems by coercion, mediation, transparency and spill- over effects - rely on state power, created by hegemonies 6. International Norms - ethical principles about how actors should behave, mutual expectations about how actors will behave & social identities indicating which actors are to be considered legitimate - spread by international organizations, state-to-state, agreements among transnational groups, and across societies to influence governments (norm entrepreneurs) 7. Human Rights (individual rights – sovereignty, sources, institutions) - sources = political and legal philosophy, religion, & theory about natural law/natural rights - individuals vs. state sovereignty - no globally agreed definition of essential human rights - Two broad categories: - civil-political “negative rights” (free speech, freedom of religion, equal protection under the law, freedom from arbitrary imprisonment) - economic-social “positive rights” (rights to good living conditions, food, health care, social security, and education) - universal or culturally determined? - Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) = does not have the force of international law, does set forth international norms; since its adoption, the UN has opened 7 treaties for state signature to further define protections of human rights - role of International organizations in protecting human rights - NGOs play a key role in efforts to win basic political rights in authoritarian countries (ex:Amnesty International, publicity and pressure) 8. Migration - most move from one developing state to another developing state (global South)… doesn’t affect us - is migration a human right? not really… but there is a right to seek asylum… - 9. War Crimes - large-scale abuses of human rights often occur during war - losers can be punished for violations of laws of war even thought international law is very hard to enforce during war 10. International Criminal Court (ICC) - permanent Court since July 2002 - Universal jurisdiction to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes - Can prosecute individuals - Three mechanisms - Countries willingly turn over - State is signatory - UNSC authorization - Complementary to national courts


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