Center for Global Studies

Working Papers in Global Studies

 

In January 2008, the Center has launched a new series of Working Papers in Global Studies. These papers, many of which will deal with themes of interest to practitioners and policy makers, will provide a forum for CGS associate and affiliate scholars to showcase their research-in-progress, or to report the preliminary results of work to be published at a later time.

 

The Center always welcomes new submissions. Those interested in possibility contributing to the series should follow the guidelines below:

Please refer to our general submission guidelines or contact CGS Co-Director Terrence Lyons or Publication Coordinator Ger FitzGerald if you have any further questions.

 

 

 

 

Working Paper no. 1: Paczynska, A. "Turtles, Puppets and Pink Ladies: the Global Justice Movement in a Post-9/11 World"

During the late 1990s grassroots movements and transnational networks promoting global social justice mushroomed with tens of thousands protesting at summits of industrialized countries organized by neoliberal institutions such as the G8, World Bank or World Trade Organization. Post 9/11, however, the number of mobilizing activists across borders has dropped sharply. While heightened security measures at the meetings and intentionally remote locations for these conferences have rendered demonstration efforts elusive, the author argues that despite the falling numbers of protestors, the movement maintains its momentum. Yet, it has changed its forms of activism, that now center on theatrical protests, educational strategies and lobbying efforts.

 

Working Paper no. 2: Sood, A. and E. Cox "Medical Tourism—A Strategy for Containing Health Care Cost Increases and Immigration Pull"


Increasing health care cost, a growing number of the US population without health insurance, inefficient mechanisms to control this downward trend, and the effects of immigration on the US health care system succinctly and poignantly describe the dire outlook of the present structures. The authors of this paper analyze the principal economic and sociopolitical causes of this alarming situation, pointing to diverse beneficiaries of the current systemic imbroglio. They argue that outsourcing health care in form of “health tourism”—including surgery and other medical interventions abroad—are an alternative solution to the growing problems as it reduces costs and positively impacts migration trends.

 

Working Paper no. 3: Hirsch, Susan F. "Satisfying Victims and Healing Societies:
The Promises of Justice after Extreme Violence"

The rise in regional and local warfare since the early 1990s across the world has left many victims of violent conflicts in abeyance, as the international community’s promises of justice responding to victims demands are questionable. This working paper critically analyzes the effectiveness of new international institutional instruments that address issues of global justice, such as the International Criminal Court, and the author argues that such institutions fall short of satisfying victims. She then explores alternative solutions in order to foster sustainable healing processes for societies that have been torn apart by conflict.

 

Working Paper no. 4: Kurze, Arnaud, "State, Society, and Globalization in the Balkans: Problems of Democratic Consolidation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia"

This paper analyzes three explanatory variables—statehood, sociopolitical processes, and regional politics—that affect democratic consolidation in four Balkan countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and Serbia. The paper confirms the state-centric hypothesis that weak state structures slow down the democratization process and that nationalism, as an indicator of “stateness”, fosters ethnic democracies, reproducing instability and insecurity. Yet, it also underlines the importance of globalization and transnational politics for democratic institutionalization. It argues that regional actors, such as the European Union (EU) and other adjacent states, are crucial factors that impede—as well as generate—successful transition to democracy.

 

Working Paper no. 5: Rinker, Jeremy, "Transnational Advocacy and the Dalit Rights Movement: Secular versus Religious Social Justice Narratives of Assertion on the Frontlines of Global Community"

While there has been open debate among dalit social reformers on the Indian sub-continent over the use of religious conversion as a form of rights expression, many dalit leaders in North America remain uneasy with frames of social justice aligned with religion in any way. This paper examines the dialectic between secular and religious frames apparent among dalit activists in India and North America. By interviewing and observing both dalit Diaspora leaders, who are organizing and mobilizing to actualize social justice for dalits back home, and Indian dalits that are actively agitating against the state, this research explores the contentious narrative structures deployed by these dalit activists and the role religious ideology plays in their contention.

 

Working Paper no. 6: Nguyen, Manh Hung, "The Bush Doctrine: A Minority View"

Textbook writers and political pundits overwhelmingly consider the strategy of preemption stated in the 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States as the Bush doctrine. This paper surveys various interpretations of the Bush doctrine arguing that presidential doctrines tend to deal with major goals, not means, of United States foreign policy. The author explains that to the Bush administration, international terrorism was perceived as a major threat to the United States and the “civilized” world in the post-Cold War era, just as Soviet expansionism was perceived as a major threat to the United States and the free world during the Cold War era.

 

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