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Risa Takenaka

2007 Research

Abstract: A Struggle Between Neoliberalism and Neosocialism in Latin America and the Caribbean

Mentors: Dr. Doug Orr, Economics; Dr. Golie Jansen, Social Work

According to President Hugo Chavez of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela a "dawn" to the new history of Latin America and the Caribbean is underway. In 2004, Venezuela and Cuba initiated the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) as a direct response to the U.S.-sponsored Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The FTAA's seems to be fading. Therefore, this paper is a comparative analysis of the FTAA and ALBA. The analysis is focused on ideologies (neoliberalism and alternative=neosocialism) that outline the direction of the trade agreements and three indicators-resources, education and labor rights. This focus is intended to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the two trade agreements, given that the ALBA is the less well known of the agreements.

2006 Research


Abstract: A Plea to Adopt an Alternative Approach to Economic Development
Mentors: Dr. Doug Orr, Economics; Dr. Golie Jansen, Social Work


"Another World is Possible". The first time I heard this slogan I was a business major, and remember having mixed feelings. At that time, all I learned was about material success in the business world, and I believed-as I was taught- that free market capitalism does and will improve people's lives around the globe. One example of this teaching was that it is for that great and noble purpose that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were established as the essential instruments, and that they are generously doing the poor countries a favor. In those classes, we were provided only basic information about the Bank and the IMF and their success stories and challenges; however, it was rather a narrow format of learning. While I always held deep compassion toward the poor people in the Global South, I was incapable of recognizing that motivation behind their pleas and determination to call for an alternative direction of the established economic order. I even surmised that the poor may be simply misplacing blame for their unfortunate circumstance on the current system. Today I often wonder how many students like me have a chance to challenge ether beliefs and ideas by encountering an uncomfortable reality. This notion became a partial reason why I have encouraging an uncomfortable reality. This notion became a partial reason why I have conducted this research in order to investigate further the growing inequalities that are often treated as separate phenomenon from the topics of the Bank of IMF.

Presentations

9th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 17, 2006


10th EWU Symposium, Presenter, May 16, 2007


16th Annual McNair Conference and Graduate Fair, WI, Nov. 2007


16th Annual Pacific NW McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Conference: May 1-3, 2008

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