The WTO Deadlocked: Understanding the Dynamics of International Trade

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The book studies the negotiating history of the GATT/WTO since 1947, especially the period following the conclusion of WTO negotiations in 1995. It explains the balancing of rights and interests of different interest groups within the WTO and developing countries. This book throws light on why the Seattle ministerial round failed and how some important issues need to be addressed in the interests of developing countries like India. It argues for a stronger WTO in the interest of sustained growth in developing ...

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Overview

The book studies the negotiating history of the GATT/WTO since 1947, especially the period following the conclusion of WTO negotiations in 1995. It explains the balancing of rights and interests of different interest groups within the WTO and developing countries. This book throws light on why the Seattle ministerial round failed and how some important issues need to be addressed in the interests of developing countries like India. It argues for a stronger WTO in the interest of sustained growth in developing countries through the multilateral trading system.

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The book, with its reader friendly index, will be of interest to scholars in the field of economics, politics and sociology as well Indian negotiators at the WTO.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761936060
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/5/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Debashis Chakraborty is Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi Campus. He studied at the University of Calcutta and Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His research focus includes International Trade Policy, WTO negotiations and Indian economic development. He has presented and published his research at various academic and policy forums in India and abroad. He has also co-edited four books on WTO issues. Before joining the IIFT, he had also worked at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS), New Delhi, as a researcher, for five years.

Amir Ullah Khan is an economist working as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He graduated in Electronics Engineering from the Osmania University. He then studied at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He has a Ph.D. from Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, Delhi, for his work on ‘Intellectual Property Protection and the IT Industry’. He is currently the President of The Glocal University, Saharanpur. He is also the member of the Advisory Council and the Academic Council at the Glocal University.

In 1993, he joined the Indian Civil Service after which he worked for four years with Project LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy) of the UNDP and the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He headed the Academic Unit at the Indian School of Finance and Management, where he taught Economics and Management between1997 and 1999. Subsequently, he worked as Executive Director and Editor, Encyclopaedia Britannica India and as Deputy Secretary General at the PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI).

Amir teaches at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in Delhi. He is also the visiting faculty at the Bangalore Management Academy, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi and Fore School of Management, New Delhi.

He is also on the Advisory Board of World Development Forum, an upcoming forum that aims to bring together citizens' groups, development organizations, businesses and governments, to a common platform to produce evidence-based politically actionable guidance and unlock greater value, through human enterprise.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Biswajit Dhar
Preface
India and the WTO: The Increasing Participation at Multilateral Level
Agreement of Agriculture: The Pandoràs Box?
The SPS-TBT Measures and Environmental Concerns
NAMA Negotiations: The Way Ahead
Trade in Textile and Clothing in the Post-MFA Period
Anti-dumping, Subsidy and Countervailing Measures and Safeguards Mechanism: The Battle Over Contingency Measures
Intellectual Property Rights: Where Do We Stand?
Trade in Services: Emerging Key Interest Area
Regionalism in the Era of Multilateralism: The Changing Focus
Ensuring an Efficient Dispute Settlement System at the WTO
Looking beyond Hong Kong: What Next for India?
Index

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