GV248 Exam Notes contains notes for weeks 2,3,4,8,9,11,12,13 and 14. This content was used as exam revision by the author solely in preparation for their GV248 exam. There are 147 pages in total over 5 unique revision documents for GV248.
- Notes for week 2,3 and 4 of GV248 on Natural resources, politics and economic development. They include past exam essay questions and the full summaries of readings; on theories of natural resource endowment and impact on the type of governance & development with discussion of paradox of plenty within petro-states + study case on the typical model of Arab petro-state with focus on Saudi Arabia + Russia + Venezuela
- Notes on GV248 Week 8; the Politics of Rising Inequality with past exam essay questions and summaries of most readings. It includes discussions on the new hyper-globalized era of inequality with the rise of financial markets and the consequent winner-take-all type of politics and public policy making that has taken place since, especially in Anglo-Saxon countries – with a focus on the US and the UK. It looks at the impact of such changes on political organization and the power of labor interest.
- Notes are on Week 9: Marxism. The notes include past exam essay questions and summary of readings with a focus on reflections on Marxism today; how accurately it portrayed the economic climate of the 20th century and rising monopoly of hyper-financialized capitalism on all sectors of society. In that sense it looked at how accurate/inaccurate certain predictions were and how inconsistent his determinism & historical materialism was with other issues discussed in the manifesto – mainly the inconsistencies of the Communist Manifesto's form with its content.
- Notes are on week 11; Populism and Resources. It includes past exam questions and summaries of main readings. These notes focus on the tension/compatibility between populism and democracy & the socio-economic and political conditions giving rise to populist governments as seen in countries like Venezuela and other Latin American countries. It thus looks at the relation between populist policies and the management of resources and its impact on socio-economic development.
- Notes are on week 12, 13 & 14: Political violence and ethnic conflict. These notes notes include past exam essay questions and summaries of most readings. It first looks at the different theories of political violence and conflict in ethnically heterogeneous societies, looking at the different socio-economic & psychological factors that play into the rise of civil conflict. It then focuses on case studies; from ethnic conflict in India to the Rwandan case – which looks at the explanatory factors for the instigation of mass genocide from an individual, psychological and emotionally-loaded perspective.
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