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What is the Frank and Wallerstein's core-periphery model of a world system?

A model which assumes that global power is concentrated through developed countries which loan TWB and the IMF who then loan money to poor countries for development and to stabilise the economy. Over time the periphery regions will repay the loan to the financial markets who then repay the core regions

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Why is the Frank and Wallerstein model slightly outdated?

Rapid growth of large medium-income economies such as the BRIC and, more recently, MINT countries mean there is now a continuum of development, so many more regions of the world might be envisaged as the core

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What is the BRIC?

An acronym used to identify a group of four countries - Brazil, Russia, India and Chine - whose economies have advanced rapidly since the 1990s.

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What is the MINT?

An acronym referring to the more recently emerging economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey

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What is KOF?

A global institution who monitor and research into globalisation

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What are the three dimensions of KOF?

Economic, Social, Political

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According to the KOF index, who are the 3 most globalised countries?

Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland

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According to the KOF index, who are some of the lease globalised countries?

Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia

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What does quality of life correlate too?

The level of globalisation

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What is a natural outcome or side effect of increasing globalisation?

The increasing interdependence of the people and nations who live in that country

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Who are the ones that oversee the global economy?

The World Bank
The international Monetary Fund
World Trade Organisation

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Why are the 3 who oversee the global economy crucial to our economy?

They are fundamental in supporting the structure of the worlds economic and financial order, allowing for a stable global economy

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What does the IMF do?

Oversee the global financial system - ensure its running smoothly

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What does The World Bank do?

Promotes economic development in developing countries - focusing on LDCs

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In what way does the IMF support the global financial system?

Offers financial and technical assistance to its members

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In what way does The World Bank support the global financial system?

Provides long-term investment loans for development projects with the aim of reducing poverty

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When will the IMF provide loans?

Only when it will prevent a global economic crisis - last resort

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How did the IMF help Greece?

By stopping a domino effect when there was a financial crisis

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When will The World Bank provide loans?

Provides special interest-free loans to countries with a very low per-capita incomes

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How low does the per capita figure need to be for The World Bank to provide a loan?

US$865 per year

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What is the purpose of a loan given by the IMF?

Helps members tackle balance of payments problems and stabilise economies

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What is the purpose of a loan given by The World Bank?

Encourages start up private enterprises in developing countries

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Who is the IMF funded by?

The quota subscriptions of its 185 member countries

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Who is The World Bank funded by?

It acquires financial resources by borrowing on the international bond market

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How big is the IMF?

Has 2300 staff from 185 countries

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How big is The World Bank?

7000 staff from 185 countries

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Why is the IMF criticised?

It imposes austerity cuts on loan recipients, subsequently education and health may suffer
Countries who put in the most money get voting rights - unfair as they may choose who they are dependant on

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Why is The World Bank criticised?

Has often funded large top-down related projects such as multi-purpose HEP dams (since the 90s they claim to support the bottom-up projects)

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What is a bottom-up project?

When local people are consulted and supported in making decisions to undertake projects or developments that meet one more of their specific needs

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What is a top-down project?

When the decision to undertake projects or developments is made by a central authority such as a government with little or no consultation with the local people whom it will affect