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27 Mar 2007
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Britain is widely regarded as the « awkward partner » in Europe. How accurate is this assessment? - published: 27/03/2007

Thesis - 4 pages - International relations

“We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not combined. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed.” Winston Churchill's famous quote aptly describes Britain's approach to European integration since the inception of the EU in...

21 Mar 2007
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Nationalism and communism in North-East Asia: History, application and perspectives

Thesis - 13 pages - Political science

From many perspectives, North-East Asia seems to be the area of paradoxes. The astonishing economic development of the region in the second part of the twentieth century, despite a troubled geopolitical context, is a great example of the peculiar ability of these countries to invent their own way...

14 Mar 2007
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Influence of Jerusalem's religious symbolic in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Thesis - 6 pages - Political science

The author takes position against a Palestinian-controlled Old Jerusalem, where all the holy and historical sites of Judaism stand. He states that Jerusalem is « holier » to Jews than to Muslims (ignoring the Palestinian Christian minority) and that it should be put under...

14 Mar 2007
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The Swedish model and the European integration

Thesis - 8 pages - Political science

Sweden officially joined the European Union on January 1st, 1995. Since that time Sweden is part of the European Union, but it is said to be one of the most Euro-sceptical members of the Union. What are the causes for this strong Swedish Euro-scepticism? It is linked to the special social...

12 Mar 2007
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Western-style Democracy and non-Western religions - the case of Islam

Thesis - 5 pages - Political science

"Is Western-style democracy compatible with non-Western religions? Discuss primarily the question of the Islamic religion." Although the suggestion that certain religious traditions were more suitable for democracy came under increasing attack from the early 1980s onwards,...

12 Mar 2007
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Kenneth Waltz's on nuclear weapons

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

Do you agree with Waltz's recommendation to spread nuclear weapons? On Sunday, April 9, 2006, the Washington Post announced that “the Bush administration is studying options for military strikes against Iran as part of a broader strategy of coercive diplomacy to...

02 Mar 2007
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The structure of the social welfare - The welfare mix

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

Over the past century, the provision of social welfare has changed drastically in both the recipients of this welfare care and the scale of social protection services. This evolution is mainly due to the development of welfare states. In the 1910s and ‘20s the growing of movements as trade...

01 Mar 2007
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The Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the Great Society: a comparative study

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

The Jeffersonian idea that liberty and equality would be best achieved by everyman pursuing his own interest and a federal government with greatly constrained powers is often seen as America's traditional political philosophy. During the 20th century, three periods of government activism...

28 Feb 2007
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Discuss the main factors that determine product prices in the UK

Essay - 3 pages - Economy general

Predicting firms' behaviour and reactions to events is central for recent microeconomics. Economists have indeed put forward many theories to analyse firms' behaviour, main decisions of economic interest relate to outputs, investment, technology and above all prices which is the object of this...

28 Feb 2007
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Critically discuss the legal theory of Austin - published in 2007

Essay - 3 pages - Political science

"The existence of law is one thing, its merit or demerit is another." John Austin (1790-1859) defines the essence of positivism in this one sentence, generally cited as the standard exposition of the imperative theory of law, from his book: The Province of Jurisprudence Determined (1832). A...

28 Feb 2007
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Describe and explain the varying significance of the Far Right in the French Fifth Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany and Italy

Essay - 3 pages - Political science

April 21st, 2002, the first round of the French Presidential election, was a clap of thunder in the political landscape. Jean-Marie Le Pen, candidate of “National Front”, the Far Right leading party, won a staggering 16.86 % of the votes, eliminating from the run-off the outgoing...

28 Feb 2007
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Welfare and Ideology by Vic George and Paul Wilding

Book review - 5 pages - Social sciences

Political debates are often driven by what we call ideology. Nowadays we refer to ideology as a set of values and beliefs which influence individuals, politics, groups or even societies as a whole. The “critique of existing socio-economic systems, […] a view of the world, […] a...

22 Feb 2007
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Why is technology so difficult to implement and manage?

Essay - 8 pages - Economy general

No one can deny the impact of technology as a source of competitive advantage for a firm. The introduction of a new technology or the development and the commercialization of a new product/ service are due to increase business benefits: it allows costs savings, improves the productivity...

20 Feb 2007
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Nation-state and globalization

Essay - 11 pages - Political science

This essay deals with one of the most controversial questions in today's social science debates: the relationship between the nation-state and globalisation. Globalisation, understood quite loosely here as a series of contemporary and unprecedented developments in the economic, social and...

19 Feb 2007
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Globalization in Russia: The challenge of the transition to the world economy

Essay - 12 pages - Economy general

Fifteen years ago, the Soviet Union was a socialist authoritative country, tightly isolated from capitalist countries. Nowadays, its direct heir, Russia, is one of the most quickly growing markets of the world, strongly open on the global economy. During the 1990s, Russia underwent an...

12 Feb 2007
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Cradle to Cradle Design

Thesis - 29 pages - Ecology & environment

In March 2005, the UN released its Millennium Ecosystem Assessment , the first comprehensive scientific audit of the state of the planet. Completed over four years by 2,000 experts, the survey demonstrates that economic activity has destroyed 60% of the Earth's life-supporting...

25 Jan 2007
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The United States and international religious freedom

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

In 1998, the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) created both the International Religious Freedom Office in the Department of State and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Since this date, a report has been produced every year within the United States,...

23 Jan 2007
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To what extent is Richard Branson, the English Tycoon, a very influential person in the British political life?

Essay - 11 pages - Economy general

Richard Branson is Britain's best-known entrepreneur. This self-made man started his first company at the age of 17 and succeeded in building an empire. Worth £3 billion and believed to be the ninth-richest man in the UK, the 56-year-old founder of the Virgin empire inspired a generation of...

15 Jan 2007
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The causes of resurgence of Islamism

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001, Islamism is perceived as the major international threat of our time. The subject is broadly under studies, in universities as well as in the media, which often provide a biased vision of the phenomenon. Islamism can be defined by the use of the...

15 Jan 2007
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Is the environment an international security issue?

Essay - 4 pages - International relations

The last half of the 20th Century has been exclusively dominated by the Cold war conflict. There was little space in the analysis of the scholars in International relations for other minor issues of “low politics”, while the questions of the nuclear war and balance of terror...

02 Jan 2007
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Why Globalization Works by Martin Wolf

Essay - 3 pages - Economy general

Martin Wolf, a British economist and prominent journalist at the Financial Times, is an ardent defender of globalization, i.e. of global economic integration through free trade. His book aims to demonstrate that globalization makes the world better off and that the problem is not that there is...

02 Jan 2007
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Mill's and Green's accounts of freedom

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.” (J.S. Mill) “It is the responsibility of the state...

20 Dec 2006
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What explains the disintegration of Yugoslavia?

Essay - 8 pages - International relations

The Second Yugoslavia created in 1943, under the name of Democratic Federation of Yugoslavia, was a federal state consisting of six republics -Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia- and two autonomous provinces - Kosovo and Vojvodina. It became the Federal...

20 Dec 2006
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Eradication of poverty and sustainable development in developing countries: an oxymoron?

Essay - 7 pages - Political science

Adopted in 2000 by “all the world's governments as a blueprint for building a better world in the 21st century” (Kofi Annan, 2005), the Millennium Development Goals are quantified targets for addressing poverty in its several dimensions (United Nations, 2005). The first Millennium...

14 Dec 2006
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Psychological approaches to International Politics. The case of Cyprus

Essay - 11 pages - International relations

Located at a strategic position in the eastern Mediterranean sea, Cyprus, in the course of its history has frequently switched hands in-between powers which maintained an interest in the region. The list of its successive rulers includes the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Byzantines,...

11 Dec 2006
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Development economics - Sharecropping

Essay - 6 pages - Economy general

In sharecropping contracts with cost sharing, why is the cost share borne by the tenant equal to the output share accruing to him? Sharecropping is an arrangement or system of farming, prevalent in many Less Developed Countries in which a tenant works on land which he does not own, giving...

30 Nov 2006
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Political instability: France, Germany and Italy

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

Comparison and explanation of the political instability experienced by pre-Fifth Republic France, during the Third and Fourth Republics of Weimar, Germany and post-war Italy The aim of this essay is to understand and analyze the different features of the political...

29 Nov 2006
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Globalisation and nation-sates: « The logic of the world economy has in many ways transcended the scale of nation-states » (Knox and Agnew, 1998: 372)

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

Globalisation is a complex phenomenon based on an economic dynamic of internationalisation of trade and the emergence of a single world market but that entails significant geographical, political and cultural repercussions. Indeed, the volume of international exchanges of goods has been...

29 Nov 2006
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The European identity issue: what most determines the European "we feeling"?

Essay - 11 pages - European union

“You don't fall in love with a common market” (EU Commission President Jacques Delors in The European, 3 November 1994). Here emerges one of today's most challenging issues for the European Union: the prevalence of market integration has created a political vacuum and so-called...

29 Nov 2006
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The impact of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on the nation's capital

Essay - 9 pages - Political science

When John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected President in 1960, he was the youngest President in the history of the United States. Deciding to bring a new style, a new look and a new vitality to the White House, he had a major asset: his wife. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was only thirty-one, but she...