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PSCI 2012 Term Paper UK Today it seems that every country is facing some kind of ailment. These ailments are often internal but sometimes they are from circumstances that are uncontrollable. The UK faces one of these problems. Of the current challenges faced by the many countries in the world, Globalization seems to be the most challenging for the United Kingdom. This is because of the potential problems that globalization will bring to the UK’s identity and society, economy, and political influence in the international forum. To know why Globalization is the most challenging aspect facing the UK we must first look at the other aspects and determine why they are not a significant challenge faced by the UK. The first aspect is Nationalism and it can be defined as “an ideology seeking to create a nation-state for a particular community; a group identity associated with membership is such a political community. Nationalists often proclaim that their state and nation are superior to others (Kesselman, 2007).” The UK has a very homogenous race where 92.1% are white and a very homogenous religion where 71.6% are Christian (CIA, 2007). When analyzing these facts and comparing them with the definition of nationalism we see that the UK has in fact created a nation-state in which a particular identity is reached under a political community. As a result nationalism does not present a challenging aspect to the UK. An additional challenge faced by many countries is Inequality. Fortunately, like nationalism, inequality is not a challenge that the UK must face. Inequality referring to treatment is not an issue for the UK because of the common law system and the bill of
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rights that guarantees the rights that each of its citizens are entitled to. Inequality in reference to political representation may be a little more evident but it is still not a big enough challenge to the UK. The UK uses a first past the post system in which the winner takes all and essentially makes the decisions. This may seem like it presents the UK with the problem of inequality but the benefits from using the first past the post system outweigh those acquired from using proportional representation. These benefits include unity in votes and stability that cannot be achieved in proportional representation. If this inequality were a formidable challenge faced by the UK it would still not be the most challenging aspect because of what Inequality can lead to. Political extremism would become the greatest challenge that the UK faced if the inequality in the United Kingdom was significant. Those who felt like their voice was not being heard would result to drastic means and extremism. The threat of political extremism might serve those who feel like they are not being heard but the aggregate effects on the whole UK would be negative. Fortunately Inequality is not a significant challenge face by the UK and as a result political extremism cannot be considered as a challenge either. The final aspect that challenges many countries in the world but fails to fluster the
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course PSCI 2012 taught by Professor Davidbrown during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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