Tom McIvor

International Relations: Importance of Theoretical Diversity

In IR theory, the diversity of perspectives strengthens rather than challenges its raison d’etre, as varying opinions strengthen both policy making decisions and academic practices. A multitude of theories means IR can be applicable to a wider range of problems. From realism, to feminism to posthumanism, they all cover a separate area of importance to …

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Short Essays on Sociology

Essay One Witchcraft and magic are phenomenon that have given rise to different approaches by anthropologists. On the one hand, some anthropologists believe that magic and witchcraft play a crucial functional role in other societies. As Radcliffe-Brown argues, these features exist not because of inertia, but only because they have a reason to be used …

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Hedley Bull: International Society and Flag Friday

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has persisted since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. In recent weeks, Palestinian refugees in the Gaza strip have reignited this issue by orchestrating large protests along the Israeli border. Israel’s response, once again, has caused controversy. Hedley Bull’s theories, as primarily articulated in his 1977 book ‘The Anarchical …

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Are Old Management Theories Still Useful for the Modern Manager?

“Contemporary management theory is not a single theory. It is a loosely knit combination of many approaches” that have been derived and adapted from the past (Miller & Vaughan, 2001, p. 11). Thus the past can act as a guidepost that offers “guidance and direction to contemporary managers who can apply this distillation of experience …

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The Collapse of Baring Bank

Abstract Barings Bank (established 1792) was Britain’s oldest merchant bank. It collapsed in 1995 after 28-year-old employee Nick Leeson lost over $1.3 billion in unauthorised trades from their Singapore office. For almost three years, derivatives trader Nick Leeson was able to deceive Baring Bank by appearing to earn extraordinary profits, whilst in reality incurring catastrophic …

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