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Course NameGlobal Public Policy
InstructorUemura, Takehiko
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goalsThis course aims at exploring concrete policy measures to tackle global issues, based on the understanding of the whole picture of the issues as well as their root causes examined through “Global Politics” in the Spring-Summer term. This course also strives to draw a vision of ideal global community and global governance by leaning from good examples already practiced in various parts of the world. Based on these examinations, this course further explores who should do what and how to make those visions real. Through those examinations and understandings, this course ultimately tries to nurture persons who are willing to challenge global problems that we are currently facing.
Course outline As “Global Politics”, the main theme of “Global Public Policy” is to search for the answer to the question of who can do what and how to solve global problems, establishing global sustainable society where people can live in peace and harmony with nature.
In order to explore the answer to such question, it is crucial to strive to: (1) grasp the whole picture of the problems; (2) identify “root” causes in the broad picture; (3) demonstrate concrete policy measures to tackle these “root” causes; (4) examine successful cases as well as good practices to overcome these challenges; (5) draw a vision of global sustainable society by learning from these successful cases and practices; (6) settle on a “road map” to realize the vision; and (7) identify key actors at each stage of the process of its realization.
As (1) and (2) have already examined in “Global Politics”, “Global Public Policy” will deal with (3) ? (7). In other words, this course will explore concrete policy measures to tackle global issues, while ideal global community and global governance will be thoroughly discussed through “Reforming our Planet Workshop” and “Japan 2050 Workshop”.
In this process, the course will examine successful cases in creating a sustainable society, including: Costa Rica that abolished military forces; Bhutan that promotes “Gross National Happiness”; Cuba that aims at self-sufficiency in food and energy; Sweden as a green welfare society; and Denmark that fosters “Only one education”.
Then, this course will examine global taxes as effective policy measures to cope with global issues, creating global sustainable society. This course will also discuss global civil society as a key to making a difference through the examination of the World Social Forum etc. Finally, totalizing “Global Politics” and “Global Public Policy” will lead us to consider as to what we can to deal with global issues.
In terms of methodology, this course uses PowerPoint presentations as well as DVDs in order to make students understand issues instinctively. For raising the sense of ownership of students, nurturing attitude of thinking and practicing by themselves, this course also tries to be as participatory as possible by introducing communication works and workshops. Through those ways and means, it is hoped to lay the groundwork for student's ability and willingness to make a difference.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesActive participation: 30%, Short papers: 30%, Final examination: 40%
Texts, materials, and supplies<Readings in English and in French>
>Ghimire, Kléber B. (2005) “The Contemporary Global Social Movements: Emergent Proposals, Connectivity and Development Implications”, UNRISD Programme on Civil Society and Social Movements, Paper No. 19, Geneva: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.
>Jetin, Bruno (2002) La taxe Tobin et la solidarite entre les nations, Paris: Descartes & Cie.
>Patomäki, Heikki (2001) Democratising Globalisation: The Leverage of the Tobin Tax, London・New York: Zed Books.
>Schmidt, Rodney (2007) The Currency Transaction Tax: Rate and Revenue Estimates, Ottawa: The North-South Institute.
>Uemura, Takehiko (2007) “Exploring Potential of Global Tax: As a Cutting-Edge-Measure for Democratizing Global Governance”, International Journal of Public Affairs, Vo. 3, pp. 112-129.
>Uemura, Takehiko (2012) "From Tobin to a Global Solidarity Levy: Potentials and Challenges for Taxing Financial Transactions towards an improved Global Governance", ?conomie Appliqu?e, tome LXV, no 3, pp. 59-94.
>Waters, Sarah (2004) “Mobilising against Globalisation: Attac and the French Intellectuals”, West European Politics, Vol. 27, No. 5, Nobember 2004, pp. 854-874.
Course Schedule/Plan<Drawing Visions>
1. Orientation: from “Global Politics” to “Global Public Policy”
2. “Reforming our Planet Workshop” (I)
3. “Reforming our Planet Workshop” (II)
4. “Japan 2050 Workshop” (I)
5. “Japan 2050 Workshop” (II)
6. Costa Rica that abolished military forces, Bhutan that promotes “GNH”
7. Cuba that aims at self-sufficiency in food and energy, Denmark that fosters “Only one education”
8. Sweden as a green welfare society <Exploring Policy Measures>
9. “Exploring Policy Measures” Workshop
10. “Development from Within”: Sarvodaya Movement in Sri Lanka
11. CSR, SRI, Fair Trade, Ecological Tax Reform
12. Global Taxes towards democratizing global governance < Examining Key Actors>
13. NGO networks and Global Civil Society: SOP, attac, and World Social Forum
14. What we can as citizens
15. Final examination