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GLBL 210 Final Exam Study Guide

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This study guide covers the terms that will possibly be on the final exam. It also may list the exam date as 4/29, but that is not right. It should be on 4/30.
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GLBL 210 Final Exam Study Guide - Value chains: many different links/parts, easier to exploit beginning of chain o Completely different lifestyle on opposite sides of chain o Typical chain includes:  Growers/producers  Buyers  Exporters or processors  Foreign buyers  Roasters (for coffee specifically)  Retailers (ex. Starbucks) o Goal is to increase grower treatment/well-being by getting rid of some of above links o Ex. producers also act as exporters/processors and possibly roasters, get rid of buyers - Fair trade: created to get rid of exploitation and inequality of small-scale farmers on global market o Not always a guarantee of well-being because fair trade producers still rely on market conditions o Different motivations for fair trade: want to support fair treatment of farmers o Willing to pay higher price for environmentally-friendly produced coffee (or other commodity good) o Criticisms:  No standardization of fair trade requirements  Ex. different fair labor standards to be considered “fair trade” for different organizations  Fair trade distorts national price, causing too much production for demand, which leads to surplus and decreased prices - Information: o Lack of information of coffee prices on global market  Farmers have difficult time fighting for fair price o Different availability of information at different ends of supply chain  Power is asymmetrical o Lack of information to consumers about fair trade policies - MDG’s (Millennium Development Goals): o Marissa Hall notes:  4 of UN MDG’s deal directly with health  Health also prerequisite for many other goals  Ex. in order for 2/3 of children to complete primary school, must be healthy o Takes into account health, life expectancy, etc. o Not just a measure of GDP, so better measure of well-being o Easterly reading notes:  MDG’s don’t necessarily focus on wants/needs of aid-receivers  Poor countries don’t get a choice  Most money should go to low-cost, high-benefit goals o Galatsidas reading notes:  Missed specific targets for:  Poverty eradication  Enrollment in primary school  Reduced child mortality rates  Reduced maternal mortality rates  Reduced disease (HIV/AIDS, malaria)  Met specific targets for:  Gender equality in primary education  Access to clean water  Amount development assistance o Criticisms:  Goals made in 2000, but measured targets from earlier  Ex. measured poverty eradication from 1990-2015  Some argue that MDG’s take credit for larger-scale progress  China responsible for much of global poverty reduction proportion, bot a global reduction  Efforts of MDG’s possibly not responsible for instances like China  Achievability vs. adequacy;  Debate about whether goals/targets are enough to make significant change  MDG’s referred to as “Minimum Development Goals” o Ex. world technically met poverty reduction target, but only 47 out of 144 countries specifically met the goal o Some argue that $1.25 per day is not sufficient for measuring poverty o Targets are arbitrary to some degree, don’t always mean that larger goal was met  Problems addressing gender (see “Gender goals”)  No way to enforce goals or achieving targets - Electoralism: transition between authoritarian rule and democratic rule o Democracy functions with free and fair elections o But no liberal parts of a liberal democracy  No separation of powers, protection of basic rights, etc. o Elections still important:  Opportunity for change  People pay more attention to politics than they usually do during elections  Sense of popular sentiment  Usually shows movement toward peace  Acceptance of voted officials  Legitimizes leadership of those elected  Even though people may not agree with all policies, do respect way in which they were elected  Powerful psychological events  Ex. collective feeling of relief from peace, acceptance, equality  Creates foundation of democratic institutions  Democracy can’t exist without elections - Illiberal Democracy: democracy (free, fair, regular elections) that doesn’t involve constitutional liberalism o Constitutional liberalism: not just about elections, human rights focused  Equality protected by law  Impartial, fair courts  Separation of church and state  Protection of basic rights/liberties o Leaders use power gained from democratic elections to deprive constitutional liberties o World powers usually recognize democracies regardless of whether or not they are constitutional  So many illiberal democracies are sanctioned by US  Ex. reelection of Boris Yeltsin 1996  Drinking habits, low approval ratings because of bad economic situation caused by his economic policy  Somehow won by very close vote, so suspected unfair practices  Usually wouldn’t be considered a fair election, but outcome suited US and Western interests, so looked the other way - Universal Declaration of Human Rights: guide to protecting inherent rights of all humans created by Eleanor Roosevelt 1948 o Not a law so not legally enforceable o No one thought it would cause immediate change, aspirational document o Human rights vs. state’s rights:  State sovereignty is important, but must also protect universal human values  Problem arises when states violate human rights within borders  UN Charter Ch. 1, article 2: protects sovereignty of member states, prohibits threat against sovereign states, basically prohibits foreign intervention  UN Charter Ch. 7, article 39: intervention allowed when sovereignty of states threatens international peace, determined by UN Security Council  UN Charter Ch. 7, article 42: global military force sometimes necessary against sovereign states when threaten international peace - International Bill of Human Rights: human rights convention passed by UN o Legally enforceable o US has ratified, but not amendment on death penalty o Contains Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Convention of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), International Convention of Economic and Social Rights (ICESR)  But only ICCPR and ICESR are legally enforceable o Certain number of countries must ratify before becomes legally binding  Every country has different process for ratification  Ex. US Senate ratifies treaties by 2/3 majority (usually difficult to ratify treaties) - Humanitarian Intervention: debate about when it is appropriate/necessary to intervene o Different values lead to different viewpoints o Some argue that humanitarian intervention is mostly self-interested o Involves defining genocide: intent to destroy all or part of specific group  Difficult to define/act on because previously understood that state sovereignty was paramount o Example: Russian invasion of Georgia 2008  Tensions between Georgians and Russians living in Georgia  Russia intervened  Justified intervention to protect Georgian Russians from human rights violations  Other countries thought it was more self-interested o Example: US invasion of Iraq 2003  Justified invasion with idea of weapons of mass destruction that would threaten international peace and human rights o Other countries thought it was to protect oil interests in Middle East - Responsibility to Protect (R2P): states have responsibility to make sure all human rights protected o Sovereignty is responsibility, not a right o International community responsible to intervene as last resort to stop war crimes, ethnic cleansing, mass murder, etc.  Sometimes military force necessary as last resort o Qualifications for international intervention  Right intention and just cause  Only use military force as last resort  Force must be proportional to violation  Carried out under right authority (usually UN Security Council)  Must be likely to succeed - Women’s Rights: Charlotte Bunch argues that women suffer many violations that are not recognized by international human rights laws o Examples of women’s rights violations  Violence  Political participation, voting, some opportunities of citizenship  Human trafficking (usually woman sex slaves)  Equal pay and educational opportunities  Public/private distinction  Classical liberalism valued individual privacy  Problem= women mistreated in home, little to no way to eradicate this o Why issues dismissed:  Sex discrimination seen as trivial issue  Abuse is cultural  Ex. Saudi Arabian treatment of women  Ex. female genital mutilation  Violations not necessarily human rights violations  Problem of state responsibility and private actors o Ex. domestic violence is a crime committed between two people, state has little responsibility - American exceptionalism: idea that US is special case, refuse to play by the rules o Trend of US reluctance to ratify UN conventions  Genocide convention  Racial discrimination  Discrimination Against Women (still hasn’t signed)  Cruel and Unusual Punishment  Rights of Child (still hasn’t signed) o Treaty of Rome (still hasn’t signed) - What is health? o Combination of complete physical, mental, and social well-being o Human right  Outlined in Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Impacts of climate change on society and environment o Rising temperatures o Increased precipitation o Can cause flooding and increased water levels o Health:  Infectious disease spread  Respiratory illnesses caused by poor air quality o Agriculture:  Change in crop yields  Need for irrigation o Forests:  Decreased productivity of forest  Less diversity in forest o Water resources:  Water supply/quality  Competition over good quality and access to water o Coasts:  Beach erosion  Costs more to protect coastal communities o Habitat loss o Extreme weather o Species changes (distribution) o Impacts vary by region  Ex. Alaska has less snow, increased forest fires in Midwest  Not all regions experience same consequences - Inequality: I was not here on this day, so these notes come from the Global Inequality reading o 3 concepts of inequality:  Inequality between nations: usually calculated by GDP using Gini coefficient  Inequality between nations with population in mind  Global inequality: individual-based (not based on country averages): difficult to acquire data on this o Limits of global inequality measurements:  Poorest countries don’t usually provide household surveys because don’t have resources to do so  Rich individuals tend to not participate in surveys o Global inequality determined by:  Class: income differences within a specific country  Location: differences between incomes (average) of different countries o Before Industrial Revolution, inequality mostly determined by class o Currently, inequality mostly determined by location  Citizenship of certain country determines income level more than class within it  Therefore, solution to inequality is become richer in own country or migrate to wealthier country o How to reduce global inequality:  High growth rates of poor countries  Global redistribution of wealth: difficult and unlikely  Migration: could turn into problem  Wealthy countries restrict migration  Ex. Syrian migration to EU - SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals): focus on entire planet o 17 new goals to replace MDG’s o Focus on environment - Gender goals: MDG’s do not adequately address ALL problems against women o Especially violence against women- many say this is the #1 problem facing women o SDG’s try to correct this mistake o 2 out of 8 MDG’s address gender issues  3. Promote gender equality  8. Improve maternal health o Failure to address problem of violence against women affects possibility of achieving other goals  Ex. difficult to decrease gender inequality in schools when still violence against women o Don’t address realities of women/girls  Ex. increased incomes not necessarily distributed equally among family  Boys/men usually fed first with resource scarcity - Poverty Trap: one of the unique problems of Africa according to Sachs o Poorest of poor do not have enough capital and do not have the ability to increase their capital, poverty itself causes economic stagnation because all labor/resources/income goes to mere survival (nothing left to be invested in future)  Usually experience economic depreciation instead (conditions getting increasingly worse)  Causes economic stagnation  Some possible causes:  Demographics: large families mean less resources per person  Intense farming to increase income leads to soil degradation and less crop in the future  Simplified lifestyle: decreased quality - Africa: difficult to address issues in Africa as a whole because made up of so many different, sovereign countries o Myths about development in Africa according to Sachs:  A lot of money in aid is spent on Africa (600 billion)  Sounds like a lot, but isn’t enough to address all problems  Not true that money already spent should have achieved more than is has  Not enough democracy  A lot of corruption, but other areas of world also have this problem and are doing fine development-wise  Does not necessarily explain why African countries tend to be poor  Lack of important modern values  Lack of neoliberalism (economic freedom is solution to Africa’s problems) o Unique challenges that much of Africa faces (possible reasons why Africa is so poor)  Unfortunate geography: many countries are landlocked  Lack of access to waterways inhibit agriculture and trade  Bad conditions for agriculture (poor soil quality, frequent drought)  Disease ecology: climate creates favorable environment for disease  History of colonialism o Realistic goals for development of Africa:  Increased food production: Green Revolution  Control of malaria  Improved health services  Increased amount safe water  Provide school lunches  End isolation from rest of world  Ex. access to more technology o Achievement of goals depends on commitment, not resources - Cash transfers: similar to welfare in US o Criticisms of welfare:  Abuse of system  Dependency o Conditional cash transfers: give money to people who qualify, recipients must follow certain rules to continue getting cash transfers  Requires effective bureaucracy to be carried out successfully  Many poor countries don’t have effective governments to make them work o Non-conditional cash transfers:  Families give $1000 in increments over 10 months  Which translates into a lot of money in these regions  Found that not much money actually spent on “temptation goods”  Study at MIT showed many positive benefits  Families had less stress (improved overall health)  Reduced number hungry kids during program  Incomes increased - An alternative to progress? o Universal basic income: every person in specific country guaranteed minimum income  Would address worry of machines replacing too many human jobs o McKibben’s other view of Bangladesh  Food self-sufficient: very productive soil, many natural resources, and local knowledge  Should ask for local opinions on how to enhance current practices  Should focus on organic and sustainable agriculture - Aid vs. trade o David Rieff;  Not true that all aid is bad/good  Unbalanced aid is more harmful  Some aid programs do work  Aid deprives recipients of agency  Aid avoids politics  Fundamentally, people must help themselves for best results o Gayle Smith:  Argument against aid overlooks its complexity  Comes from many different places  Lumping all aid together hides good it can do  Success in health , education, and economic advancement  Wireless access funded partly by aid: helps get up-to-date commodity prices  Microfinance generated by aid o George Ayittey:  Separate humanitarian impulse from aid  Obligation/responsibility of rich to help poor  Blinds people to harm that aid causes  More than $600 billion put into aid in African, but not a lot to show for it  Foreign aid not free: given to governments as loans  Aid comes with forced dependency on other countries  US aid forces Africa to buy American products  Chinese aid forces Africa to employ Chinese people and then expect to be paid back for projects  Africans not asked about aid o John McArthur:  Correlation does not equal causation  Just because Africa still poor, does not mean aid is the cause of it  Bad government/corruption not singularly responsible for African problems  Senegal and Ghana have better government transparency than India/China, but worse growth/development  $600 billion in aid has actually been helpful  Eradication of smallpox due to aid  MDG success due to aid


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