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2nd midterm 2000

2nd midterm 2000 - Proponents of system-level theories...

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Prof. Brawley PS 160-243B McGill University Winter 2000 SECOND MIDTERM EXAMINATION Directions: The exam must be completed in the time allotted for class (i.e. between 2:35 and 3:25). The room must be vacated before 3:30, so exams will not be accepted after that time. Include the name of your TA on the cover of your exam booklet. Students may retain this question sheet. Part I. IDENTIFICATIONS (worth 5% of the total course mark) Answer any TWO . Each item below represents an important concept, example, or contributor to international political economy. Briefly explain what the significance of the item or person is for this class. EOI Mundell-Fleming SAL Cruzado Plan H-O Model Part II. ESSAY (worth 20% of the total course mark) Answer ONE . Be sure to answer all parts of the question. Readings should be cited where appropriate. 1. Proponents of systemic theories emphasize how the international system imposes constraints on state policy or creates opportunities for states to pursue.
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Unformatted text preview: Proponents of system-level theories argue that these sorts of constraints and opportunities can explain South Korea’s decision to adopt EOI and Brazil’s decision to employ unorthodox responses to the debt crisis better than domestic or bureaucratic factors. Do you agree with this position? What shortcomings might exist with a purely systemic explanation in these two cases? 2. Those who stress domestic level politics in their explanations of foreign economic policies look at the two cases we have covered so far (South Korea’s decision to adopt EOI and Brazil’s decision to implement unorthodox responses to the 1980s debt crisis), and have to be pleased. They would emphasize that in these two cases, the overriding factors shaping these two decisions can be found in the political coalitions emerging from earlier development strategies. What would such an explanation look like? How persuasive is it? What might be missing?...
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