Argumentative Essay] Free Topic from readings within the context of modern political economy and development of international market economy

This is an argumentative essay, not a research paper.
It requires you to read one or two readings depends on your choice of topic and other news articles to support your argument.
Since the topic can be freely chose, you should talk with me what you are going to write about before you start.

This is for modern political economy class and we are dealing a lot about development of international market economy.
I will provide my lecture notes as soon as you decide to work on particular author.

1. Please choose one (or two) of the readings on the reading list and use for primary source. You can use NY times for secondary sources but limit to maximum three.
2. Topic is free but should be focused within the context of modern political economic issues. The topic should not be broad. Focus on solid things; if you want to talk about specific country then just choose one or two to compare with.
** Iave pasted a?About the classa? to give you some sense what Iam dealing with and please go to the website for more information. outlines.html
(This is not my class website but similar. They have ppts)
3. Thesis: Please make one of two sentences to represent your a?stronga? argument.
Very important!!
4. Please talk to me as soon as you choose your topic or thesis before you start to working on.
5. You can do compare and contrast (debating) the two chosen thinkers from the reading lists to support your solid thesis OR, compare and contrast the two countries based on one thinkeras idea from the reading list.

a? Reading list

WEEK 1: States and Markets in Historical and Regional Perspective

2) Gabriel Ardant, a?Financial Policy and Economic Infrastructure of Modern States and Nationsa? in Charles Tilly, ed., The Formation of National States in Western Europe (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1975), pp. 164-242.

3) Joseph Schumpeter, a?The Crisis of the Tax Statea? in Richard Swedberg, ed., Joseph A. Schumpeter: the Economics and Sociology of Capitalism (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1991), pp. 99-140.

4) Charles Tilly, a?Cities and States in World Historya? in his Coercion, Capital, and European States (Cambridge: Blackwell, 1992), pp. 1-37.

WEEK 2: a?Strong states,a? a?Weak statesa? and Late Development

2) Alexander Gerschenkron, a?Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspectivea? in Mark Granovetter and Richard Swedberg, eds., The Sociology of Economic Life (Boulder: Westview, 1992), pp. 111-130.

4) Gary Herrigel, a?Problems with the German Modela? in his Industrial Constructions: the Sources of German Industrial Power (New York: Cambridge UP, 2000), pp. 1-32.

WEEK 3: The a?World Marketa and Domestic Political Economies

1) Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation, pp. 21-34, 210-228.

2) Ronald Rogowski, a?Why Changing Exposure to Trade Should Affect Political Cleavagesa? in his Commerce and Coalitions: How Trade Affects Domestic Political Alignments (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1989), pp. 3-20.

4) John M. Hobson, a?A Sociological Theory of International Economic Change: the transition to tariff protectionism, 1870-1913a? in his The Wealth of States: a Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change (New York: Cambridge UP, 1997), pp. 175-220.

WEEK 4: a?Cold War capitalism,a? a?Cold War socialisma? and the Rise of the a?Third Worlda?

1) John Gerard Ruggie, a?International regimes, Transactions, and Change: Embedded Liberalism in the Postwar Economic Ordera? in Stephen Krasner, ed., International Regimes (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1981), pp. 195-232.

WEEK 5: a?Neoliberala Globalization, Postmodern Capitalism and the a?New Middle Agesa

1) Jeffry Frieden and Ronald Rogowski, a?The Impact of the International Economy on National Policies: An Analytical Overview,a? in Helen Milner and Robert Keohane, Internationalization and Domestic Politics (New York: CambridgeUP, 1997), chapter 2.

2) David Harvey, a?Neolib