• November 30, 2020


Stern School of Business

Introduction to Economic and Political Thought

Fall 2014/Midterm                                                                                                                  Professor Joe Foudy


1.  Read the Directions J

2.  Read each question carefully.

3.  Answer only as many questions as directed.  Always take an educated guess if you are not sure.

4.  Don’t worry and don’t panic.  The test is curved and just do the best you can.

5.  Sign the Honor Pledge below or the exam will not be graded.


I pledge my honor that I have not violated the Stern Student Code of Conduct in the completion of this exam.

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6.  Make sure your name is also on any blue books.

Short Answer – Answer 8 from list    (5 Points Each)

  1. How did Devlin feel about laws regarding prostitution and why?
  2. What kind of utilitarianism did Sidgwick argue for and why?
  3. What are 3 of the 5 reasons that Minxin Pei argues China could democratize?
  4. What are the conservative objections to neurocriminology?  What are the liberal objections?
  5. What is the Marxist objection to Liberalism?
  6. Why do some feminists argue we should reject the language of justice?
  7. How did the loyalty test vary between Russia and China (in the article “Is China More Democratic Than Russia?”)?
  8. What did Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary argue (in the article “Battle of the Regimes”)?
  9. What kind of candidate wins an election according to the median voter theory?
  10. What important role does the Organization Department of the Chinese Communist Party play in China’s economic success according to Eric Li?
  11. Why does Yasheng Huang argue it is difficult to assess/measure corruption in China?  (He is especially dubious of the comparison between India and China)
  12. What is James Fitzjames Stephen’s critique of Mills?

Choose One –  Short Essays  (60 Points)

1. (a)  Is health care a universal right or not?  Please divide your essay in half arguing both for and against the proposition using the major thinkers (and readings) from the class that you can bring to bear on the issue.  (Note:  Lots of the reading about liberty as well as coverage of inequality should prove useful.)

(b)  Less importantly, I’m also curious why the U.S. has not adopted a model of universal health care when so many other developed states have done so.  Can you offer an explanation why the US has not based on the features of American democracy?


2.  (a)  Using the theories, readings and materials from the class, assess whether China is likely to democratize in the next 30 years.  In your answer, please be sure to fully address the arguments for and against democratization. 

(b)  Less importantly, if China does democratize, how will this impact the policies and actions of the Chinese government? (e.g. Do you think the nature of the regime matters for policy or would a democratic China look very similar to the current China?  What is the impact of being a democracy?)