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Political Economy of WTO Regime : Some Aspects of Globalisation and Governance

Surjit Singh (Editor) Dolly Arora (Editor)
Synopsis The very origin of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is shrouded in controversies on the very shape and character of the organisation. It has been about seven years since the final agreement was signed and WTO came into existence. But there are no signs that the implementation of these agreements is likely to be smooth. The reasons are many. There are doubts about the spirit of inclusion and exclusion of certain provisions, which amount to fears of vitiating_fair trade in the name of ‘Free Trade’. Most of the agreements like GATS, TRIPS, TRIMS and AOA are full of controversial provisions. The rich countries’ resolve to bring in many more ‘non-trade issues’ like environment, labour standards, investment, competition policy, etc. are highly contentious–a clear asymmetry of concerns between the rich and poor members of the WTO. The complexity of issues involved and the centrality that WTO has assumed in the present phase of globalisation needs informed debate. The present volume is a modest attempt at pointing out certain inequities, elimination of which should become the focus of future negotiations. The book, it is hoped, will contribute towards an understanding of the political economy of the WTO regime and some aspects of globalisation and governance, especially the issue of policy autonomy, as seen by the Third World Countries.
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About the authors

Surjit Singh

Surjit Singh is Honorary Director, Institute of Rajasthan Studies, Jaipur and Professor of Economics, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur. He has authored Modeling Indian Economy; Urban Informal Sector; Rural Credit; Issues for the Nineties and co-edited Sustainable Agriculture, Poverty and Food Security and Political Economy of WTO Regime.

Dolly Arora

Dolly Arora is Professor of Political Science at Indian Institute of Public Administration. She has been working on governance and public policy related issues and process. Her published works include Political Economy of WTO Regime: Sme Aspects of Globalisation and Governance (co0edited with Dr. Narasimha Reddy and Surjit Singh, 2002) and Democracy and Competing Claims: Should Privileges be Privileged over Rights (2004).

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Bibliographic information

Title Political Economy of WTO Regime : Some Aspects of Globalisation and Governance
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186962484
length 204 p., Tables