Truffles & Nuggets

You can’t beat the excitement of finding a well-foraged truffle or nugget. Contained herein are a few tit-bits to inform, persuade and be. Seeing as I’ve done the work, I see no point in keeping it to myself so here it is; plagiarise at will.

This work, although my own, does not necessarily reflect my current views or opinions. That said, if I have made an exceedingly good point, it was probably because I meant to. This work made up my BA Politics and International Relations (joint Hons.) at Sussex University between 2002 – 2005. A delightful resource, a friend: a truffle & nugget.

Politics

What is the Impact of Corruption on Economic Development in South East Asia?

Book Review: Larry J. Sabato & Glenn R. Simpson – Dirty Little Secrets

Is Deafness a Culture or a Disability?

How Can We Explain the Emergence of an EU Citizenship?

What is Structure and Agency? How Does This Framework Help Us In Political Analysis?

Policy Models: Rational Decision Making Model: Case Study ? Soccer Betting in Hong Kong

Can We Apply the Concept of Citizenship to the EU?

How Can We Explain the Emergence of an EU Citizenship?

How Does Community Law Affect National Sovereignty?

How Useful are Theories of Integration to Understanding the Development of the EU?

Account for the shift towards democratic forms of government in much of the third world.

Are the political systems of developing countries intrinsically clientelist?

In which respects are we equal and in which respects should we be?

Is the Individual the best judge of what they should be free to do?

In what ways does the present Electoral Law in Britain affect Voting Behaviour?

What are the key differences between ?Old? and ?New? Labour?

What is the role of the Monarchy in modern Britain?

International Relations

To What Extent Can the Genocide in Rwanda Be Understood Within the Context of Globalization?

Critically assess Kaldor’s assertion that new wars have to be understood in the context of the process known as globalization

To what extent are China and ASEAN States partners and to what extent are they rivals?

?The best hope for developing countries to attain economic growth is through integration into the world economy. And their tool, if only they are willing to use it is?the multinational company’. Discuss.

Explain the emergence of International Political Economy as a field, and why, if at all, it is relevant today?

Discuss the claim that international order among states can be maintained through international organisations.

What does a gendered division of labour within the state have to do with international politics?

To what extent was the Gulf War provoked by external forces?

How Fundamental Change is Globalisation?

Why is the French Revolution regarded as such as important event in modern international history?

7 Responses to “Truffles & Nuggets”

  1. Salomé April 16, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Thank you for posting your essays online… Was looking for stuff on globalisation (after having read hundred of pages and just getting more and more confused!) and your essay was clear, straight to the point, well-written… It made stuff much clearer to me! So thought you might be happyto know that the fruits of your intellect have helped some distressed student during her revision session!

    I’m also really curious about your essay on the rwandese genocide, will read it when i’ve got some free time 🙂

  2. Kristen August 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Hey Ben,

    I agree with SalomĂ© – great essay(s). It made the whole structure./agency debate a lot clearer. guess what, i even decided to ‘quote’ in my BA thesis.  How should it cite you though?

  3. guest April 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    “More likely is the fact that women don’t want to
    be in positions of power”  – out of interest, what mark were you given for this? You haven’t really substantiated this extremely contentious point…

  4. Guest November 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Parts of your ‘Structure and Agency’ essay would be considered plagiarised because you havent attributed your sources appropriately and have essentially used their text almost word for word. And I’m only up to the first paragraph of the first page. eg:

    Your words: “Prominent social scientists including Giddens and Archer have suggested that the “Structure-Agency? question is the most important theoretical issue within the human sciences. This debate has been slower to make an impact on political science than on some other social science disciplines yet it has been argued that structure-agency questions should be recognised as central to the way we study politics.” (no references here.)

    McAnulla’s (2005) words: Over a number of years various prominent social scientists have suggeted that the ‘structure-agency’ question is the most important theoretical issue within the human sciences (Carslnaes 1992; Giddens 1984; Archer 1996). This debate has been slower to make an impact on political science than on some other social science disciplines. Yet, recently a number of political scientists have argued that structure-agency questions should be recognised as central to the way we study politics …”

    McAnulla S, 2005, in Theory and Methods in Political Science (2nd Ed.), Marsh, D, Stoker, G (Eds), Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire and New York

  5. benaston November 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Good, I’m glad you found the source. Well done.

  6. benaston May 21, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Probably a really good one. Groundbreaking theory is often contentious.

  7. Abraham Song June 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    This is a helpful bit. Thanks, brother (I’m glad that you are a Jesus lover. I’ve visited London for a week in 2011 and many stories that I’ve come across of this once-a-city-on-a hill sliding down was heart-wrenching. Be a light)! I read your essay about Kaldor as I am writing an essay about this myself. Thanks for references that were helpful. – from Cyprus, a Korean by a name Abraham.

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