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(CHANGE OF VENUE) Book Launch: The Political Economy Of Trade Reform In Emerging Markets: Crisis or Opportunity

June 18 2009
Venue: RUE MONTOYER 47
Speakers: Peter DrapernRazeen Sally
Time: 17:00

CHANGE OF VENUE JUNE 18, 17.00
RUE MONTOYER 47

Edited by Peter Draper, South African Institute of International Affairs, Philip Alves,  South African Competition Commission and Razeen Sally, European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels and  London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

This timely book brings fresh analysis to the important issue of trade policy reform in emerging markets. You are invited to join Peter Draper and Razeen Sally at the Brussels launch, as they discuss the new book and its relevance to today’s trade agenda.

The subject matter and its significance are comprehensively introduced with a review of developing country liberalization since the 1980s providing an analytical framework for the seven country case studies that follow. The case studies (Australia, Brazil, Chile, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, and South Africa) cover a wide variety of political, historical and economic issues, but all make clear the important role that crisis, or the threat of it, plays in meaningful trade policy reform. This is of particular relevance in the current global financial crisis. These studies, together with the conclusions which are drawn from them, show how important the trade liberalization agenda remains in the 21st century.

Written by a combination of both experts and practitioners, this highly topical book will make productive reading for policy makers concerned with trade policy in developed and developing countries, as well as scholars working in trade policy

 

‘That trade liberalization is good for emerging market economies, and not just for the rich ones, is now widely accepted by both economists and policy-makers. But the question remains: how can these reforms be implemented in practice? The answer to that important question lies in understanding the political economy of each reforming country. This book makes a splendid contribution to our understanding of this issue by examining the experience of several countries. It is therefore an important book to be read by, not just students and researchers, but also policy-makers worldwide.’

–        Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University, US

 

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