POL 2103: Lecture #8 Oct 4 2012
Format of Midterm:
2 section exam
1rst part: slides, concepts main themes, principals
IR theory: don’t do neorealism, gender, structuralism
one page single spaced critique, consistent, specific problematique
4 questionshave to answer 2
know the principleslogic as to why we ended up there
main concepts, paradigm
don’t memorize numbers and figures, geography, focus on main themes.
Realism, liberalism, neoconservatism ( might have to provide your take) , constructivism
2 part: essay:
Stephen Walt do you agree , disagree?
6 articles that you should concentrate on, first 6:
alexander wendt last article
2 questions to choose from : 3 pg double spaced
model: is the reaction paper
The evolution of the Marxist approach
theory of Dependence (latin America)
World Economy (centerperphery)
A mirco approach which beings in the 60s70s and has a sociological focus
Favours some coutries to the detriment of others and limits the development possivilities of the subordinate
economics Winners and losers –periphery: loser center: winner
Pessimistis vision visàvis the development of the Thid World countries.
Less economically developed countries (LEDC’s is caused by their reliance and dependence on more
economically developed countries (MEDCs_ the LEDCs are underdeveloped because they rely on the
Will remain less developed because the surplus ithat they produce will be siphoned off by MEDCsunder
the cuise of the multinational corporations. There is as such no profit left for reinvestment and development.
Pemenant of a disadvantageous status quo
The capitalists adopt effective stratagies to exploit the poor periphery
These strategies are based on a complex nexus of local political/military/(junta)/cultural elite
The capitalists in the center allow the gain of power by the local elites.
Rigid political environment –n chance to organize for civil unrest, dissidents, revolutions
Three fundamental factors:
1. Social Organization the amount of hard currency comes from export sector based on the archaic
production, controlled by a small traditional (quasi feudal_ oligarchy. (no viable prospects for middle
class and internal market)
2. Monopoly – monopolist market environment export of raw materials.