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20 Feb 2007

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...

02 Jan 2007

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

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...

30 Nov 2006

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

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

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...

29 Nov 2006

War and the American Presidency : Arthur Schlesinger

Book review - 4 pages - Political science

War And The American Presidency was written by Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who used to be an adviser for Adlai Stevenson's campaign and a special assistant to President Kennedy . He participated in the founding of Americans for Democratic Action, “America's oldest independent liberal...

29 Nov 2006

"Adenauer's pursuit of Western integration consolidated democracy in the West at the cost of the East." Comment

Essay - 7 pages - Political science

According to the newspaper die Frankfurte Allgemeine Zeitung, the number of the unemployed people in Germany has decreased by 25.000 in November, reaching the stage of 4.531.000 jobless persons. The Federal Minister of the Economy, Michael Glos (CSU) spoke in the Bundestag „vom ersten...

29 Nov 2006

Analyse the relationship between state and civil society in Hegel's Philosophie des Rechts

Book review - 7 pages - Political science

Since the 18th century, the contrasted views of the state in the Anglo-Saxon world and in France diverge on the notion of public interest. Both movements of thought frequently oppose the vision of an aggregate of the particular interests of citizens to the general interest of the nation. ...

23 Nov 2006

"The Last Crusade. Religion and the politics of misdirection" Barbara Victor

Book review - 6 pages - Political science

Barbara Victor is a journalist and a frequent lecturer on women's issues and the Middle East. She worked for CBS television for fifteen years, where she covered the Middle East. Her books include Terrorism, an account of the Lebanon war from 1975 to 1982, A voice of reason: Hasnan Ashrawi and...

17 Oct 2006

Women representation in politics: A comparative approach between France and the Nordic countries

Dissertation - 32 pages - Political science

Nowadays women are increasingly accessing to high political positions in State office. Indeed, three women recently reached the status of Head of State in different countries: Michelle Bachelet in Chile, Ellen Johnson-Sirlead in Liberia, and Tarja Halonen in Finland. Moreover, women play more...

31 Aug 2006

The party of European socialists and the identity of European social democracy

Essay - 9 pages - Political science

The question wether there is currently something that can be called the crisis of social-democracy is arguable: after all, social-democractic and socialist parties are still the counterpart of Conservatives and Christian-democrats, sharing alternaltively government responsibilities at national...

24 Jul 2006

Deliberative democracy is theoretically plausible and institutionally impracticable

Essay - 5 pages - Political science

What we mean today when referring to 'democracy' is, according to some scholars, 'a way of organising the state that has come to be narrowly identified with territorially based competitive elections of political leadership for legislative and executive offices' . The...

24 Jul 2006

How have social democratic parties changed over the last 25 years?

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

The changes of the last 30, and especially 25 years have produced an unexpected and important indentity crisis for all parties rooted in the tradition of Western European reformistsocialism. In fact, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the world experienced great changes such as new expectations...

24 Jul 2006

Do we need feminist theory in International Relations? If so why?

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

Feminism is a critical social and political movement who first emerged at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth with women's claims of equal rights in society and in the political sphere, with the right of vote. But now, since approximately the end of the...

12 Jul 2006

Contrast and compare the political ideology, support base and political strategy of the Pakistani Jamaat-i-Islami and the Iranian Islamic Revolution

Essay - 8 pages - Political science

The events of this beginning of century have shown the resistance and the diversity of an Islamism, which certain had already buried. According to Bobby S. Sayyid, ‘Islamism is a discourse that attempts to centre Islam within the political order. Islamism can range from the...

12 Jul 2006

Does social constructivism really add anything new to debates about security?

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

During the late 1980s, when debates between neorealists and neoliberals seemed to exhaust themselves, so-called ‘constructivist' researches made their appearance. By asserting themselves as an alternative to realism, they reinterpret its main concepts (power, national interest,...

12 Jul 2006

To what extent did the colonial state openly side with metropolitan capitalist interests and missionaries lobbies against indigenous interests?

Essay - 9 pages - Political science

Ghana was a victim of the British Empire's colonialism, from the establishment of the South as a Crown's possession in1874 to the independence of the country in 1957. Basically, colonialism can be defined as a particular form of imperialism: the colonial imperialism, notion mainly developed by...

24 Mar 2006

The American bureaucracy on national security

Essay - 6 pages - Political science

In his book The Power Game, Hedrick Smith speaks of the foreign policy game in the United States as a “bureaucratic tribal warfare”, using a tribal metaphor to describe the fierce fights which take place in Washington, DC. The notion of bureaucracy emerged in the early 20th century,...

28 Jan 2005

To what extent is the clausewitzian account of war a political instrument relevant in the twenty-first century ?

Thesis - 5 pages - Political science

Clausewitz's description of war as a means to an end or, to use his own formulation, “the continuation of politics by other means”, must be interpreted against the contemporary intellectual background: the majority of enlightenment writers had regarded war as an aberration, an...

16 Nov 2004

What is representative democracy? Is it aim to restrict or to promote popular rule?

Thesis - 4 pages - Political science

One may accept, as Dahl did, that representative democracy is a means to democratize a government. Yet, representative democracy is far from being a true democracy, both restricting and promoting popular rule. The concept of representative democracy derived from the criticism of absolutism, held...