Financial Development and Economic Growth in European Countries: Bootstrap Causality Analysis

Abstract In the present study, it was investigated whether there was a causality relationship between financial development and economic growth for sixteen European countries. Data from the period of 1988-2012 was analyzed using the bootstrap panel causality test, which takes cross-section dependence and heterogeneity into account. The results of the test showed that there was a strong causality relationship between financial development and economic growth in European countries. In European…

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The Global Politics of Gay Rights: The Straining Relations between the West and Africa

Abstract This article analyses the contemporary global politics of gay rights as it relates to the straining relations between the Western powers and many African states that oppose sexual minorities’ rights. While the West (with emphasis on the United States, EU, and Britain) advocates for the protection of gay rights in the world, Africa provides the largest concentration of states opposed to them. Therefore, there has been rising tension between…

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Waltz’s Modesty: Structures Never Tell Us All that We Want to Know – They Tell Us “A Small Number of Big and Important Things”

Abstract This essay classifies Waltz’s theory into a functionalist framework, very much like the economic theories it is inspired by. Waltz assumes that structure has primacy not because this is the case, but because it helps to theorize upon. His theory should therefore be measured by its predictive fruitfulness and simplicity, not by the empiric truth of its assumptions. Constructivist criticism, which mistakes Waltz’s concept of primacy as ontological primacy…

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The Sociolinguistics of a Nollywood Movie

Abstract Recent trends in sociolinguistic study (Bleichenbacher 2008, Heller 2008, Coupland 2007, Lippi-Green 1997) have focused on the understanding of the ideologies that underpin linguistic variation and how linguistic behaviour in a multilingual setting makes people reveal both their personal identity and their search for social role (Le Page and Tabourett-Keller 1985). Language scholars have interrogated these issues more in face- to-face interaction than in fictional contexts. The movie as…

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Book Review: Why not Torture Terrorists? Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the ‘Ticking Bomb’ Justification for Torture

Yuval Ginbar Why not Torture Terrorists? Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the ‘Ticking Bomb’ Justification for Torture New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-19-954091-4, 414 pp., £ 75.00 (hb.) Journal of Global Analysis | Vol. 1 | No. 1 | 2010 After the atrocities of World War II the International community achieved the immense development in the protection of Fundamental Freedoms and Rights of Man which we today…

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Book Review: Trade Policy, New Century: The WTO, FTAs and Asia Rising

Razeen Sally Trade Policy, New Century: The WTO, FTAs and Asia Rising London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2008, ISBN 9780255365444, 229 pp., £ 12.50 (pbk.) Journal of Global Analysis | Vol. 1 | No. 1 | 2010 Based on a classical-liberal approach, in his recent book Razeen Sally provides an account of current challenges to free trade and offers solutions that he thinks best fit to the 21st century developments….

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Book Review: European Security Culture: Language, Theory and Policy

Monica Gariup European Security Culture: Language, Theory and Policy Farnham: Ashgate, 2009, ISBN 9780754675556, 350 pp., £ 60.00 (hb.) Journal of Global Analysis | Vol. 1 | No. 1 | 2010 Monica Gariup’s European Security Culture: Language, Theory and Policy is one of the few in-depth and systematic studies on European security culture. This book focuses on the emergence of a European security culture since the foundation of the European…

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Book Review: Turkey’s Accession to the European Union: An Unusual Candidacy

Constantine Arvanitopoulos (Ed.) Turkey’s Accession to the European Union: An Unusual Candidacy Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2009, ISBN: 978-3-540-88196-4, 215 pp., £72.00 (hb.) Journal of Global Analysis | Vol. 1 | No. 1 | 2010 Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU) has probably been the most extraordinary case in the EU history. The reason why it is such an extraordinary case is because Turkey’s European integration is related not just…

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