Month: March, 2013

Global South vs. Global North – March 12, 2013 – Adam Milroy

It is my belief that the terms Global North and Global South still apply. There are many countries like Canada, Sweden and Japan that are obviously Global North, while countries such as Congo, Malawi and Sierra Leone are obviously Global South. Levels of income and life expectancy can you tell that in a second. The labels can still apply to a great deal of countries, and many are moving up to become Global North.

The problem with some nations however is that they are in the process of developing into Global North countries. These countries are adopting capitalist ideas and putting their economies into full gear like China and India. Because they are doing this it is creating a sort of dichotomy within their nations. There is now a Global North and Global South within one nation like China. Some people living in the cities have an excellent standard of living, lots of food, clean water and high life expectancy and they are a part of the Global North. Then there are the working poor and peasants in the countryside. These people are part of the Global South.

So, while you can apply the two terms to whole countries in general, like Canada and Sierra Leone, you have to more flexible when using it to describe developing nations. There can exist both in one country because of the high levels of inequality in some countries that are adopting capitalist practices.



A Day in Brussels – Resubmission – March 12, 2012 – Adam Milroy

To reform the EU, my suggestions is that the countries that pay more money into the EU should have more of a say on policy making. This is because their economies are doing better, therefore they should have more of a say on other nation’s economies. I think the European Commission should have more votes for a country that gives more money or is very large because they represent a larger amount of people, even though they’re supposed to look out for the EU as a whole. I don’t think they can put their country aside fully, especially the smaller ones. 

A Day at the METI – March 12, 2013 – Adam Milroy

  1. What is the effect of the high turnover rate of PMs for Japanese politics?    The high turnover rates of Japan’s PM’s has a negative effect on Japanese politics because they have a hard time implementing any sort of policy before they are forced out. They seem to have opinions on policy making, but the high turnover rate negates any of that and nothing in put into effect.
  2. Who has the power in this system? The PM/Minister or the civil servants?     The power in my opinion is left to the civil servants who probably know how the system works because they’re the only ones who have been there for a considerable time, and have influence on the PM.
  3. How is the power of the civil servants articulated?      The power of the civil servants is articulated in the form on influence over PM, or in the form that they have been there longer, so the PM is forced to ask them how to make policy.
  4. How much power did the Keiretsu-representatives wield?     In our group, the Keiretsu wielded some power, but they were just as frustrated with the PM’s being thrown out of power constantly. For them, it was also hard to implement policy because they would try to negotiate with the PM’s as well, but there would not be time.
  5. What happens to the voters’ capacity to hold the system democratically accountable?    The voter’s capacity to hold the system democratically accountable is negligible because a PM they voted in can be thrown out in very little time. 
  6. How would you evaluate the Japanese system in terms of its democratic credentials?      The Japanese system on the outside seems democratic in it’s credentials, however you must be a part of the inner circle of politicians to know what is really going on. It’s not fair to the citizens that the PM is in constant rotation, because he cannot make policy that the citizens want.
  7. What did you learn about the Japanese system of governance that you didn’t already know?    All of it, but mostly just how frustrating it must be for anyone who wants to get any policy implemented. Also, I didn’t know that the Keiretsu was so far in the government and had such an influence.
  8. Which comment by a colleague did you find to be most informative for your learning experience?     “I don’t want to be PM, then I’ll have to leave soon”

Share Your Thoughts – March 6, 2013 – Adam Milroy

What I learned most was how the Japanese developed certain aspects of their country from examples of other nations. From the United States and Britain, they learned about industry. From the French, the Japanese took the example of education and from Germany they gained bureaucracy and government. I thought this was interesting because of the stagnation they are experiencing now. What if they had decided to change where they got each aspect from, how would the country look now. If they had looked to Germany for industry as well, would they have a strong economy now?

My question about Japan would be why does immigration not work there like in other modern nations? Do they not accept outsiders? Is there any immigration there, or will the Japanese population keep shrinking?