22280353-Comparative-Political - Comparative Political...

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Monday 12:45 - 3:30 in Broadway Rm. 424 Terry Young, terry.young@nyu.edu O ce hours M 3:45 - 5:15 and by appointment Purpose This is a course about contemporary challenges to international public policy. We explore complex relations among histories, lessons putatively derived from histories, theory - building and theory - revision, and policy analysis. We begin with short critiques of histories of our Feld of International Relations. Next we explore those historical methods which address the various presentations of the past by historians. After a quick tour through the contemporary theories of international relations which seem to have the greatest in±uence upon policy making, we examine how histories and theories inform policy processes as leaders attempt to grapple with six remarkable "redirections" that have taken most policy shapers by surprise: * Rapid and irregular proliferation of the capacity to build weapons of mass destruction ( as contrasted with once - e f ective multilateral programs to inhibit the proliferation of nuclear and other complicated technologies during the Cold War ) . * The current near - collapse of the international economic order which, at a minimum, is pushing the global economy toward a recession serious enough to endanger the post - WW2 liberal economic order. * The end of 'globalization' as a political symbol representing material opportunities for most of the world's people and as a political objective by governments to reduce risks and to exploit opportunities for social as well as economic gains achievable by realizing comparative advantages. * Probable early demise to the superpower status of the United States, with an immanently violent contest for in±uence by other states and 'poles'. * Erosion of the e f ective content of state "sovereignty" under the quadruple attacks of the ideology of basic human rights, functional requirements of economic interpenetration among the G20 nations, endemic regional con±icts which unleash ±oods of refugees, and violent programs by non - state groups seeking revolutionary change. * Increasing acceptance of the reality and rapidity of worldwide change in the atmosphere and oceans, due in large measure to patterns of human habitation and consumption, with e f ects upon the quality of life that are likely to be mostly harmful. * Increasing acceptance of the reality and rapidity of the worldwide spread of new diseases due in some degree to patterns of human habitation and behavior. The course anticipates your careers as “policy shapers” persons working to in±uence major decisions at critical junctures in a policy making process. The diverse readings invite you to develop a sophisticated familiarity with the most in±uential modes of historical and theoretical analysis. The writing requirements invite you to apply these modes of analysis to important contemporary issues. Requirements
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2009 for the course POL 122 taught by Professor Young during the Fall '09 term at NYU.

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