To help in the preparation of participation in the Tutorial and to enhance your critical analysis skills, students are required to submit a briefing paper during the semester. The briefing paper is designed to further develop your reading and critical analysis skills through an attempt at identifying and explaining a puzzle/problem that lies behind the question you will choose to address and succinctly stating the main positions in relation to your question; they must not simply be summaries of different works. You will be expected to have engaged primarily with the required readings for your chosen topic. You may undertake some of your own independent research but, only if directly relevant (not essential). The briefing paper should include the following elements: (a) Address a specific question (use one of the “Briefing Paper Questions” marked in the either Week 5 or 6 of the unit guide – Choose carefully as you cannot write your essay on the same question as your briefing paper). (b) Attempt to give the reader a sense of the puzzle or problem or the ‘tension’ in this question. (c) Explain why the question is significant. How does the question you have devised relate to the topic for that weeks(s) and the broader debates dealt within the course? (d) Give a brief overview of the key issues (theoretical/practical) and identify the main author/s and their positions in relation to the question. If there is a debate over these key issues, explain what this debate is: who are the key authors and what are their core propositions? (e) Pose 2 supplementary questions that logically follow from your critical analysis. (f) Each briefing paper should be a maximum of 500 words (+/- 10%) excluding the bibliography. The bibliography should be positioned at the end of your paper. If you do not follow these guidelines, your paper will not be marked and you will be given a zero (0). Further information will be provided in the first week of Lectures and Tutorials. An example of a briefing paper will be posted on iLearn.
1. Required Reading: Chang, Ha-Joon 2002: Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective. London: Anthem Press, ch.2. [Read in conjunction with Chang 2008: Bad Samaritans: the Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism. New York, Berlin and London: Bloomsbury Press, pp. 1-18.] THESE ARE EASY TO READ BOOKS TARGETED AT LAY AUDIENCE] John A. Mathews. (2019). ‘China’s Long Term Trade and Currency Goals: The Belt & Road Initiative’. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 17(1): 1-25. Jagdish Bhagwati 2011: ‘Why Free Trade Matters’, Project Syndicate, 23 June, at: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/why-free-trade-matters
Further readings: The literature on this topic is enormous. The key writers in this debate are Chang, Wade, Stiglitz, Rodrik and Amsden Vs Martin Wolf, Thomas Friedman (Lexus and Olive Tree), Jagdish Bhagwati, and many World Bank/IMF publications. • Wolf 2015: The Shifts and the Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis. New York: Penguin Press. • Amsden, Alice 2007: Escape from Empire : the developing world’s journey through heaven and hell. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, Chapter 1: Heaven Can’t Wait [as an option: read as much of this easy-to-read book as possible]. • Wade, Robert H. 2003: What Strategies Are Viable for Developing Countries Today? The World Trade Organization and the Shrinking of ‘Development Space’. Review of International Political Economy (November), 10(4), 621-644. • Wolf, Martin 2004: Why Globalization Works. Yale University Press: New Haven, Connecticut, pp. 173-219. [a book targeted at a lay audience – easy to read] • Spero, Joan E. & Jeffrey A. Hart 2010: The Politics of International Economic Relations. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. Chapter 5 “The North-South System and the Possibility of Change”. See also chapters 6, 7 and 8. • Chang, Ha-Joon 2003: Globalisation, Economic Development and the Role of the State. Zed Books: London and New York, pp. 273-304. • Peet, Richard 2003: Unholy Trinity: the IMF, World Bank and WTO. London: Zed Books, ch. 5. • On the TRIPs Agreement, see: Joseph E. Stiglitz 2007: Making Globalization Work. New York and London: Norton, pp. pp.103-132. • Sen, G. 2000: ‘Is globalization Cheating the World’s Poor?’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 14(1): 86-106. • Bhagwati, Jagdish 2004: In Defense of Globalization. Oxford University Press.
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