This book addresses the complex issues pertaining to WTO agreements and negotiations, and provides a rigorous analysis of the impact of WTO-induced reforms on the Indian economy. It also outlines what India’s strategic thinking ought to be in future multilateral negotiations under the WTO, keeping in view their long-term economic goals. Bringing together the work of several economists and policy thinkers, the volume sheds light on several questions.
A brief historical overview of the WTO presents the readers with the necessary background. The book is divided into six thematic sections. Section I analyses the perspective of developing countries, with special reference to India. Section II addresses various negotiating options and strategies. India’s sectoral interests in market access are dealt with in Section III. Section IV looks at issues of trade facilitation and transparency in government procurement. Issues such as TRIPS and the GATS are considered in Section V. Finally, Section VI focuses on issues of poverty and income inequality.
The volume provides a sound economic analysis of India’s proactive role in the revival of the WTO negotiations. It will be a valuable reference to scholars and students in understanding the causality between actual economic events and WTO-induced economic reforms.
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Short explanations of terms xii
Alokesh Barua and Robert M. Stern
Section I: A Developing CountriesPerspective
1. The WTO and Trade Negotiations: A Developing Country Viewpoint
2. The WTO and our Role in the World Economy of the Future
Section II: Negotiating OptionsandStrategies
3. India and Coalitions in Multilateral Trade Negotiations
4. Searching for the Missing Link: India’s ‘Negotiation Strategy’ at WTO?
5. Designing a Pro-active Stance for India in the Doha Development Agenda Negotiations
Alan V. Deardorff and Robert M. Stern
6. India at Doha: Retrospect and Prospect
Section III: Market Access:Agriculture, ManufacturesandTextiles
7. WTO Agriculture Negotiations and India
8. Trade and Industrial Performance Since the WTO Reforms: 140What Indian Evidences Suggest?
Alokesh Barua, Debashis Chakraborty and Pavel Chakraborty
9. How Big is the Bang for India? Market Access in Textiles
Section IV: Trade Facilitation andGovernment Procurement
10. Regional Integration through Trade Facilitation: Integrating East India with Bangladesh andNorth India with Central Asia
Pritam Banerjee, Dipankar Sengupta and Phunchok Stobdan
11. Transparency in Government Procurement: A Case Study of India
Sandwip Kumar Das
Section V: TRIPS and GATS
12. The TRIPS Agreement: Public Health Concerns for India
Amit Shovon Ray
13. GATS and India: Negotiations in Mode 3
14. GATS Negotiations in Environmental Services: A developing country perspective with special reference to India
Section VI: Growth, Poverty andInequality
15. Trade and Poverty in the Poor Countries
Jagdish Bhagwati and T. N. Srinivasan
16. Globalization, Growth and the Poor
T. N. Srinivasan and Jessica Seddon Wallack
17. Income Distribution, Structural Change and International Trade: A Developing CountriesPerspective with Special Reference to India
Ananya Ghosh Dastidar
18. Trade Liberalization and Income Inequality: An Analysis of Inter-Regional Income Inequality in India
Alokesh Barua and Pavel Chakraborty
List of Contributors