Global Political Economy

Answer any two of the following four essay questions. Draw on course materials covered in readings and lectures to support your answers. Answer in a well-organized essay that clearly answers the question being posed and includes a thesis statement and brief outline of how the essay will prove the thesis. 1.) Does global political economy reflect a masculine bias? If so, what are the consequences of this bias in GPE today? Draw on illustrative examples to help support your argument. Define and integrate at least three of the following key terms into your answer: Valorization of labour Flexibilization David Ricardo Intersectiionality Comparative Advantage Feminization Reproductive Economy Development Transnational labour Export Processing Zone Adam Smith Feminism and gender-based analysis 2) Should developing countries pursue trade policies guided by economic nationalism, or by liberalism/neo-liberalism? Define and integrate at least three of the following key terms into your answer: Colonialism The World Bank Imperialism Fredrick List Trade liberalization Most Favoured Nation Import Substitution Industrialization Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) Capabilities Approach Neo-Colonialism The International Monetary Fund Preferential trade agreement 3.) Are regional organizations and agreements effective agents in the GPE? What is the significance of regional organizations for their member states and for the GPE more generally? In your answer, compare and contrast any two of the following regional organizations: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) MERCOSUR Haudenosaunee Confederacy Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) European Union (EU) South Asian Area for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) 4.) Why is “globalization” such a contentious issue in contemporary GPE? In your answer, be sure to define and integrate at least three of the following terms: Neoliberal globalization Alter-globalization Social Movements World Social Forum Global Finance Reformative Protest Artistic Protest Direct Action Washington Consensus Civil Society Liberal Institutionalism Occupy Wall Street Global Financial Crisis Climate Change
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