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Description - Trade, Globalization and Sustainability Impact Assessment by Paul Ekins

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844076611
ISBN-10: 184407661X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Earthscan Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Ekins

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

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