In the age of globalisation what role doesthe nation state have?

An in-depth 4,000 word essay covering a question and topic raised and covered during the module.

This first part makes-up 90% of the overall mark.

Your essay should address any one of the questions listed in the Reading List below. You will see from this Reading List that for every week, one or two questions is set out, and you can choose any of these questions to address in your essay. The submission time and date for the essay is by 12.00, noon, 13 December 2018.

The objectives for this essay are as follows:

  • To encourage you to process and use various types of source data material to develop an argument.
  • To prompt you to develop clear and coherent arguments.
  • To allow to you explore an issue in-depth.
  • To help you develop your critical faculties through evaluating the material and data you use in your essay.
  • To help ensure that you develop well-grounded and supported arguments
  • To encourage analytical and conceptual precision.

The assessment criteria used will be the following:

  • Focus on the question: Answering the question posed.
  • Structure and coherence of the essay:  Clearly and rationally presenting the issues to develop a strong and plausible argument.
  • Coverage of the relevant literature: Drawing upon the relevant literature in addressing the issues.
  • Clarity of the arguments: Displaying an appreciation of the concepts and issues involved
  • Analytical and critical insight: Challenging and appraising the quality of the literature and available
  • Well grounded: Supporting and giving substance to your arguments, and avoiding speculation, prescription and unsubstantiated views.

Week 1 The Nature and Role of the Government


In the age of globalisation what role does the nation state have?


Core Reading

Flynn, N. (2012) Public Sector Management (sixth edition), London: Sage. Chapt. 1

Wren, A. (2008) Comparative Perspectives on the Role of the State in the Economy in Wittman, A. and Weingast, B. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy, Oxford: OUP.

Additional Readings

Crouch, C. (2014) Putting Neo-liberalism in its Place, Political Quarterly, 85:2

Jackson, P. The size and scope of the public sector: An international comparison, in Bovaird, T. and Loffler, E. (eds.) Public Management and Governance, London: Routledge.

Kay, J. (2013) Capitalism, Markets and Politics, Political Quarterly, 84:4

Mazzucato, M. (2013) The Entrepreneurial State, London: Anthem. Read the Introduction

Muir, R. and Cooke, G. (2012) The Relational State, London: IPPR. Read section 1

Dasgupta, R. (2018)The demise of the nation:

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