Views from the South: The Effects of Globalization and the Wto on Third World Countries

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Ever since the `Battle in Seattle,` the World Trade Organization has been featured prominently in the news. For all their talk of being dedicated to the welfare of the Third World, the WTO has damaged the economies of several countries and encouraged the growth of labor markets that more closely resemble sweat shops. Third World activists/scholars Martin Knor, Walden Bello, Vandana Shiva, Dot Keet, Sara Larrain, and Oronto Douglas examine the ...
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Overview

Ever since the `Battle in Seattle,` the World Trade Organization has been featured prominently in the news. For all their talk of being dedicated to the welfare of the Third World, the WTO has damaged the economies of several countries and encouraged the growth of labor markets that more closely resemble sweat shops. Third World activists/scholars Martin Knor, Walden Bello, Vandana Shiva, Dot Keet, Sara Larrain, and Oronto Douglas examine the effects of the WTO and provide alternative agendas geared towards people, not profits.

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This book is comprised primarily of four long essays: Martin Khor's "How the South is Getting a Raw Deal at the WTO"; Walden Bello's "Building an Iron Cage: Bretton Woods Institutions, the WTO, and the South"; Vandana Shiva's "War Against Nature and the People of the South"; and Dot Keet's "Implications for Developing Countries and Least Developed Countries." Opening the volume is Jerry Mander's foreword and closing the volume are two close-ups of Nigeria and Chile, and an afterword by Anuradha Mittal. All the contributors are part of different environmental and human rights organizations in Nigeria, Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria, India, the US, and Chile, and all weighing in<-->at least when lives and living are at stake<-->against those Northern policies of "free" trade and globalization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935028829
  • Publisher: Food First / Institute For Food & Development Policy
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Resistance to Southern Perspectives 1
How the South is Getting a Raw Deal at the WTO 7
The WTO as an Instrument to Govern the South
Difficulties for Developing Countries Generated by the WTO
Agreements and Their Problems of Implementation
The Need to Review and Repair the WTO Agreements
Pressure for New Issues
The Dangers of Four New Issues
Other Issues at the Door: Environment and Labor
Building an Iron Cage: Bretton Woods Institutions, the WTO, and the South 54
The 1950s through the 1970s: Emergence of the Southern Agenda
The 1980s and Early 1990s: Resubordination of the South
The World Trade Organization: Sealing the Defeat of the South
Strategy for Change
War Against Nature and the People of the South 91
Globalization of India's Agriculture
The Driving Forces behind Globalization of Agriculture
Implications for Developing Countries and Least Developed Countries 126
Dashed Expectations in Developing Countries
Abuses of the Multilateral Rules-based System by Developed Countries
Marginalization for Least Developed Countries
Future Implications for Developing Countries
New Pressures from Developed Countries
Millennial Challenges
Further and More Fundamental Aims
Two Cases of Corporate Rule 155
The Case of Chile: Dictatorship and Neoliberalism
The Case of Nigeria: Corporate Oil and Tribal Blood
Afterword 164
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