Trade, Globalization and Sustainability Impact Assessment: A Critical Look at Methods and Outcomes

Trade, Globalization and Sustainability Impact Assessment: A Critical Look at Methods and Outcomes

by Paul Ekins
     
 

ISBN-10: 184407661X

ISBN-13: 9781844076611

Pub. Date: 06/28/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Trade liberalization, as promoted by the World Trade Organization (WTO), has become one of the dominant drivers and most controversial aspects of globalization. Trade sustainability impact assessments (SIAs) were introduced as a means of generating better understanding especially of the social and environmental impacts of trade liberalisation, and of making those

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Overview

Trade liberalization, as promoted by the World Trade Organization (WTO), has become one of the dominant drivers and most controversial aspects of globalization. Trade sustainability impact assessments (SIAs) were introduced as a means of generating better understanding especially of the social and environmental impacts of trade liberalisation, and of making those impacts more consistent with sustainable development.

This book takes a hard look at the experience of Trade SIAs to date, and the extent to which they have achieved their objectives and improved the outcomes of trade negotiations. It proposes several ways in which Trade SIAs could be made more effective, and illustrates these in respect of controversial sectors in which trade liberalisation has been implemented or proposed, including commodities, services and investment. Finally the book makes proposals beyond SIA through which some of the conflicts between trade liberalization and sustainable development could be more effectively addressed.

Written by top researchers and experts on trade SIAs, this book is vital for researchers, academics, post-graduate students and policy makers working on any aspect of impact assessment, international trade or globalisation more generally. In addition, the book will provide a particularly useful background for those considering how the environment and trade interrelate at both global and regional levels, with some particular insights on climate change and trade policies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844076611
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes vii

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xiii

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xv

Overview and General Introduction Paul Ekins Tancrède Voituriez 1

Part 1 The Context: Trade, SIAs and Development

1 Trade-induced Changes in Economic Inequality: Assessment Issues and Policy Implications for Developing Countries Sylvain Chabe-Ferret Julien Gourdon Mohamed Ali Marouani Tancrède Voituriez 19

2 Why Did 'Development' Entrap the Doha Round? Tancrède Voituriez 45

3 Have Sustainability Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements Delivered on Development Issues: A Reflexive Analysis of the Emergence and Main Contributions of Trade SIAs Clive George Colin Kirkpatrick 63

Part 2 The New Challenges of Trade Liberalization: Beyond SIA

4 Trade SIAs and the New Challenges of Trade Liberalization Tancrède Voituriez Paul Ekins Hernan Blanco Ingmar von Homeyer Dirk Scheer 87

5 Investment: The Context Matters Daniel Blobel Benjamin Göet;rlach Wesley Ingwersen 101

6 Sustainability Impacts of Liberalizing Trade in Services: Assessment Methodologies and Policy Responses Jesko Hirschfeld Clemens Köet;nig Ana Bachurova 123

7 The Impacts of Liberalizing Trade in Commodities Robin Vanner Paul Ekins 141

8 The Potential Role for Collective Preferences in Determining the Rules of the International Trading System Tristan Le Cotty Tancrède Voituriez 165

Part 3 Breaking the Impasse: The National Policy Framework

9 Improving Public Participation in Sustainability Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements Ingmar von Homeyer Matthew Collins Wesley Ingwerson 189

10 Identifying Trade VictimsEdward Anderson 209

11 Trade-induced Changes in Labour Market Inequalities: Current Findings and Policy Implications Edward Anderson Massimiliano Cali 227

12 The Value of Value Chains: Spreading the Gains from Liberalization Dirk Scheer 243

Part 4 International Cooperation

13 Collective Preferences and International Compensation Tristan Le Cotty Tancrède Voituriez 263

14 Reducing the Impacts of the Production and Trade of Commodities Paul Ekins Robin Vanner 277

15 The Trade and Environment Relationships Reconsidered: The Case of Regional Trade and Climate Change Tancrède Voituriez 309

Conclusion Paul Ekins Tancrède Voituriez 331

Index 337

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