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What does the world look like? (What is the United Nations General Assembly?)
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Plan 1. Power in International Organizations Great Powers v. Rest of the World 1. What is the UNGA 2. What does the world look like? East v. West? North v. South? Other views? 1. How do we test? The UN General Assembly
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Great Powers v. Rest of the World How do we get governments to sacrifice sovereignty? Great powers may be more reluctant Rest of the world still must get something The answer may depend on the purpose of the type of cooperation/International Organization
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Types of IO’s Financial (IMF, World Bank, Regional Banks) Great powers? Rest of the World? More money, more votes Malleable (about to change in 2012) Security (UN Security Council) Great powers=Winners of WWII Permanent Rest of the world? Regional representation, 2 year terms United Nations General Assembly? One country one vote Are resolutions taken seriously? Purpose? Legitimize the EXISTENCE of states (thanks, BAN!)
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What is the United Nations General Assembly?
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What is the General Assembly? The main deliberative assembly One state = one vote (192 members) Functions & powers http://www.un.org/ga/about/background.shtml Consider and make recommendations… Discuss any question… (unless the Sec. Council’s discussing it) Discuss (with the same exception)… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=binMjEiS8AY Initiate studies and make recommendations… Make recommendations… Receive and consider reports … Consider and approve the budget Elect the non-permanent members of the Security Council and the members of other United Nations councils and organs and, on the recommendation of the Security Council, appoint the Secretary-General
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Can UNGA votes be useful measures of alignments? Growing evidence says yes! Evidence from the IMF lending? Studies show voting in the UNGA correlates! Moving towards the US (+) Voting with the G5 (+) Voting with France in Africa… (–) ?! Squeaky wheel hypothesis
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So, using UNGA voting, what does the world look like?
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Cold War (1945-1991)?
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North v. South?
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Democracy v. Dictatorship? ACLP 2002
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Democracy v. Dictatorship? POLITY IV XCONST 2004
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“Clashes in the Assembly” after the Cold War Realist hypotheses Stability East v. West remains Structural Economic: North v. South emerges Counterhegemonic Challenge the US Ally with rising powers (China?) Liberal hypotheses Democracy v. Dictatorship Civilization “Jihad v. McWorld” Dealignment A multipolar world?
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How to test?
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course GOVT 298 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Georgetown.

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