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PUP231

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CodePUP231
Course NameGlobal Public Policy
InstructorUemura, Takehiko
Credits2
TermTerm2
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 outlineAs "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 both international issues that Japan is facing,, and 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 ideal Japan as well as 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 from (3) to (7). In other words, this course will explore concrete policy measures to tackle both international problems that Japan faces and global issues, while ideal Japan, 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 how people's voices can be reflected in potitics and policy making, together with what we can for that. 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%
PrerequisitesThe whole course comprises both "Global Politics" (Spring-Summer term) and "Global Public Policy" (Autumn and Winter term). Therefore, it is strongly recommended to take "Global Politics", as well. The basic language of this lecture is English in view of nurturing students who will contribute to global community in the future. However, short Japanese interventions will be made from time to time in order to make sure that Japanese students understand the content. It is also recommended for Japanese students to take a supplemental seminar (Global Public Policy) to get a support to understand this lecture better.
Texts, materials, and supplies<Readings in English> - Fisher, William & Ponniah, Thomas eds. (2015) Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum (Critique. Influence. Change), Zed Books. - Ghimire, Kl?ber 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. - Patomaki, Heikki (2001) Democratising Globalisation: The Leverage of the Tobin Tax, Zed Books. - Piketty, Thomas (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Harvard University Press. - Schulmeister, Stephan (2009) "A General Financial Transaction Tax: A Short Cut of the Pros, the Cons and a Proposal", WIFO Working Papers, No. 344. - Taskforce on International Financial Transactions for Development (2010) "Globalizing Solidarity: The Case for Financial Levies", the Report of the Committee of Experts to the Taskforce on International Financial Transactions for Development, Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development. - 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", Economie Appliquee, 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.
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RemarkThe whole course comprises both "Global Politics" (Spring-Summer term) and "Global Public Policy" (Autumn and Winter term). Therefore, it is strongly recommended to take "Global Politics". The basic language of this lecture is English in view of nurturing students who will contribute to global community in the future. However, short Japanese interventions will be made from time to time in order to make sure that Japanese students understand the content. It is also recommended for Japanese students to take a supplemental seminar (Global Public Policy) to get a support to understand this lecture better.
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. How can people reflect their voices in politics and policy-making, and what can we do as citizens?
15. Final examination
 

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