Superpowers Glossary

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items which have economic value and may generate income
in the future
assets
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a group of ten Southeast Asian nations which was formed to
encourage greater cooperation and economic growth
between them
ASEAN
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the policy of reducing government spending and debt
austerity
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a 1951 security agreement that binds Australia, New Zealand
and the USA to co-operate on military matters in the Pacific
and beyond
ANZUS
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two poles or centres
bipolar
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the collective term for Brazil, Russia, India and China (and,
latterly, South Africa) which were predicted (by writer Richard
Scase in 2000) to show rapid economic growth
brics
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where an external nation takes direct control of a territory,
often by force
colonialism
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items that are bought by the people who use them, rather
than bought in order to be turned into something else
consumer goods
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the ideas, beliefs, customs and social behaviour of a group
or society
culture
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argues that developing countries remain dependent on
wealthier nations, and that their reliance on developed
economies is the cause of their poverty
dependency theory
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the shift in employment from the primary and secondary
sectors into tertiary and quaternary
economic restructuring
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a political and economic association of 28 member states (as
of 2016) whose principle is that economic strength insures
against poverty, and that adopts a policy of convergence to
reduce inequalities between its richest and poorest
members. It also extend
European Union
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the strategies that a government puts in place to deal with
other countries
foreign policies
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a group of 8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Russia, UK and USA) which meets annually to
discuss economic development
G8
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an inter-governmental organisation which comprises 19
individual countries plus the EU. It brings together developed
and developing countries to discuss key economic issues
G20
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a theory developed by Halford John Mackinder which argued
that whoever controlled Europe and Asia (the world’s biggest
landmass) would control the world
mackinder heartland theory
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the influence of geography (both human and physical) on
politics, especially international relations
geopolitics
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the extent of the geographical distance that is influenced by a
product or activity
global reach
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the expression of a country’s will or influence through
coercive measures, including economic sanctions and
military force or threat
hard power
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the area of land which Halford John Mackinder believed to be
pivotal for controlling the world
heartland
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a country or state that is dominant over others
hegemon
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the right to protect a person or company’s artistic works or
inventions, without them being copied by somebody else
intellectual property rights
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a group whose members represent over 120 countries which
monitors publications and assembles evidence, enabling UN
members to understand the risks created by climate change,
and its impacts
IPCC
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the judicial branch of the UN, which settles disputes between
UN member countries and advises on international law
ICJ
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an organisation involving several countries working together
on issues of common interest
IGO
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a global organisation whose primary role is to maintain
international financial stability
IMF
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a theory that believed that poverty was a trap; traditional
family values in poorer countries held economies back; and
that capitalism was the solution to poverty
modernisation theory
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several poles or centres
multipolar
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when a company is transferred from private ownership to
ownership or control by the state
nationalise
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describes how even though less-developed countries may no
longer be directly ruled militarily, they are still controlled
indirectly through economic, cultural and political means
neo colonialism
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a trade bloc consisting of the USA, Canada and Mexico, free trade but no free movement of people
NAFTA
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the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation – an alliance which
uses political consultation and military means to protect its 28
member states
NATO
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the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development – a global ‘think tank’ for 35 of the world’s
wealthiest nations which aims to promote policies to improve
economic and social prosperity
OECD
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the first legally binding global climate deal, adopted by 195
countries at the UN’s Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in
December 2015
Paris Agreement
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the granting of the exclusive right of ownership and
possession of intellectual property by a state to an inventor
for a fixed period of time
patent
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publications based on research that has been checked by
experts as being valid
peer reviewed
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the opinions and preferences that a country has about
governance
political values
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a war instigated by a major power that is not always directly
involved in the fighting
proxy war
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the power that arises from a country’s political and economic
influence, moral authority and cultural attractiveness
soft power
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the lending by banks to low-income earners with insecure
jobs, who could never normally afford mortgages
sub prime lending
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a country which has a large sphere of influence over many people or places
superpower
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an agreement which requires all WTO members to protect
and enforce their intellectual property rights
TRIPS
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one polar or centre
unipolar
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the part of the UN which is ultimately responsible for
preventing conflict. It has 15 members at any one time, but
the five permanent members – USA, UK, France, China and
Russia – can veto any resolution
UN security council
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a cycle by which a situation continues to worsen or remain poor
vicious cycle
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a cycle by which a situation continues to improve or remain
beneficial
virtuous cycle
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a theory which claims that core regions drive the world
economy and that peripheral areas (distant from the core and
lacking capital) rely on core regions to exploit their raw
materials. Therefore, unequal trade develops between them
Wallerstein world systems theory
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a global organisation which uses bank deposits placed by the
world’s wealthiest countries to provide loans for development
in other countries
world bank
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a global organisation which looks at the rules for how
countries trade with each other, wants to liberalise trade
WTO
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a group of ten Southeast Asian nations which was formed to
encourage greater cooperation and economic growth
between them

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ASEAN

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the policy of reducing government spending and debt

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a 1951 security agreement that binds Australia, New Zealand
and the USA to co-operate on military matters in the Pacific
and beyond

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two poles or centres

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