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

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Earthscan, 2012 - Business & Economics - 348 pages
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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 of the social and environmental impacts of trade liberalization and of making those impacts more consistent with sustainable development.
 

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Contents

Tradeinduced Changes in Economic Inequality Assessment Issues and Policy Implications for Developing Countries
19
Why Did Development Entrap the Doha Round?
45
Have Sustainability Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements Delivered on Development Issues A Reflexive Analysis of the Emergence and Main Co...
63
Trade SIAs and the New Challenges of Trade Liberalization
87
Investment The Context Matters
101
Sustainability Impacts of Liberalizing Trade in Services Assessment Methodologies and Policy Responses
123
The Impacts of Liberalizing Trade in Commodities
141
The Potential Role for Collective Preferences in Determining the Rules of the International Trading System
165
Identifying Trade Victims
209
Tradeinduced Changes in Labour Market Inequalities Current Findings and Policy Implications
227
The Value of Value Chains Spreading the Gains from Liberalization
243
Collective Preferences and International Compensation
263
Reducing the Impacts of the Production and Trade of Commodities
277
The Trade and Environment Relationships Reconsidered The Case of Regional Trade and Climate Change
309
Conclusion
331
Index
337

Improving Public Participation in Sustainability Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements
189

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Paul Ekins is Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at King's College, London. Tancr de Voituriez is a Research officer at CIRAD and Program manager for 'Global Governance' at IDDRI in Paris, France.