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Are the ideas of Marx, Weber or Durkheim useful for understanding social change today?

| January 3, 2015

Introduction One of the main concerns of Emile Durkheim’s body of work was the changing relationship between the individual and the society that they live in.

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Theories on Resource Curse

| June 13, 2014

Introduction The resource curse or excess availability of natural resources presents a particularly interesting analysis when it comes to economics and often underpins many of the policies and theories which can be looked at in relation to how the government can organise its own economic behaviour, so as to achieve long-term economic growth (Acemoglu, 1996).

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The Theory of Institutionalisation and State Building

| June 13, 2014

Introduction When looking at achieving political and economic stability through state building, it can be seen that this underlying concept of building the state and the institutions within it is the central theoretical issue for determining how Libya can gain success by largely focusing on institutional reform and stability.

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Are states the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics?

Are states the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics?

| November 13, 2012

This research paper intends to question whether states are the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics by analysing realist and liberal accounts of international relations theory. It also seeks to argue that globalisation has heightened the relevancy of non-state actors within international relations discourse, arguing that the role of non-state actors must be taken more seriously by scholars. […]

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What role has been played by the media in US political contests?

What role has been played by the media in US political contests?

| October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Abstract The media has often played a significant role in political campaigns. Media coverage can contribute to the way a candidate is viewed in the eyes of the public, a fact that became even more prevalent during the 2008 U.S. elections with the introduction of ‘New Media.’

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Are states the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics?

Are states the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics?

| October 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Introduction: Theoretical Polarity Conceptualizing the contemporary dynamics of world politics on the basis of a theoretical meso – level analysis, the relevance of state versus other non-state actors in the international political arena can be perceived in multiple ways. Promoting a highly state-centric vision of international relations, classical realist academics would imply that modern, market […]

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Are states the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics?

Are states the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics?

| October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

The theoretical body of knowledge labeled Realism has dominated as well as shaped the modern study of International Relations for many years. One of the core components of Realist thought is the centrality of the state in thinking about world politics. For this reason, discussing the supremacy of the state as the conceptual unit within […]

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Was the Labour party’s foreign policy under Tony Blair a success?

Was the Labour party’s foreign policy under Tony Blair a success?

| October 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Abstract Tony Blair’s foreign policy can be divided into two phases, the first broadly successful and the second a failure. The Labour government’sNorthern Irelandpeace settlement and the formation of Blair’s ‘humanitarian interventionist’ doctrine in Kosovo andSierra Leone, can be regarded as successful. A far less successful five years followed from 2002 as a result of […]

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The Role of the Media in US Political Contests

The Role of the Media in US Political Contests

| October 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Abstract: In contemporary US elections, the media is not only a disperser of information, but an active participant in the shaping of politics with an astounding influence on the outcome of political contests. With an increasingly partisan press it is important to understand the influence the press can exert on us, and we on them. […]

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What role has been played by the media in US political contests?

What role has been played by the media in US political contests?

| October 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Abstract In US political contests, the term media can apply to a range of items that vary from newspaper articles to attack advertisements. This essay examines the role played by the free press- television news and newspapers- and traces the role that free media has come to play in the results and courses of US […]

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Analyse the social and cultural impact in Berlin of the reunification of East and West Germany

Analyse the social and cultural impact in Berlin of the reunification of East and West Germany

| September 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

In 1989 the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany was finally opened, and the citizens of Berlin reunited. This began the process of formal reunification, in which Germany was declared a single state once again. As soon as the Berlin Wall collapsed, Germany was overtaken by celebration, and it was thought that the […]

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The Role of Transnational Corporations and NGOs in International Relations

The Role of Transnational Corporations and NGOs in International Relations

| August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

  The recent increase in the international activities of transnational corporations and nongovernmental organisations has challenged state-centric models of international relations to explain the apparent contribution that non-state actors make to the international political system. NGOs influence the international system by introducing principles into discussions on the legitimacy of states’ behaviour, while TNC capital movement […]

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To what extent, if any, are the present Conservative-Liberal coalition finishing off the work of Margaret Thatcher?

To what extent, if any, are the present Conservative-Liberal coalition finishing off the work of Margaret Thatcher?

| July 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Coalition Government’s rhetoric implies differences from the politics of Margaret Thatcher, but governments must be judged on their actions. When compared to Thatcher’s programme of privatisation, welfare cuts, encouragement of property ownership and discouragement of immigration, the Coalition appears to be acting in a very similar fashion. Localism is non-Thatcherite, but while the Big […]

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What role has been played by the media in US political contests?

What role has been played by the media in US political contests?

| July 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

In democratic societies the media has traditionally played the role of intermediary in electoral contests,  disseminating information from political campaigns and candidates to the voting public. However, some political scientists believe that, in contemporary US elections, the media act not merely as a medium through which campaign information is filtered, but as a agent which […]

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Is there such a thing as ‘terrorism’? [essay]

Is there such a thing as ‘terrorism’? [essay]

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Terrorism is a rising problem in today’s world. Though this term is used very freely, technically it has always been a question as to what terrorism exactly is and whether it truly exists or not. Experts describe terrorism as use of acts of coercion to inflict violent activities on masses of people. These activities are […]

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Margaret Thatcher and the Liberal-Conservative Coalition

Margaret Thatcher and the Liberal-Conservative Coalition

| March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

To what extent, if any, are the present Liberal-Conservative coalition finishing off the work of Margaret Thatcher? Abstract This essay argues that whilst similarities can be detected between the work of Margaret Thatcher and that of the Liberal-Conservative coalition, these must be primarily seen as a Conservative-led response to economic difficulties. As far as the […]

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Tony Blair’s Foreign Policy: Assessing the Successes and the Mistakes

Tony Blair’s Foreign Policy: Assessing the Successes and the Mistakes

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tony Blair’s years in office (1997-2007) have been characterized by a controversial foreign policy agenda.

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Tony Blair’s Foreign Policies

Tony Blair’s Foreign Policies

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Blair era foreign policy can be characterised as simultaneously Europeanist and Liberal-interventionist. Based on globalist, third way ideas revolving around universal culpability and cooperation.

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Was the Labour party’s foreign policy under Tony Blair a success?

Was the Labour party’s foreign policy under Tony Blair a success?

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

The years of Labour Party rule under Tony Blair were characterised by an interventionist foreign policy which saw troops being deployed to Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Dissertation Topics in Politics

Dissertation Topics in Politics

| October 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

  1. Introduction to Politics Dissertations This guide is designed to provide ideas about possible topics related to the study of contemporary politics and government. In general, dissertation for politics can combine a variety of research methods, and the format may vary according to the research aims of your paper. A combination of primary and […]

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