The WTO and India: Issues and Negotiating Strategies
Alokesh Barua and Robert M. Stern
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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.

  • Why is trade liberalisation beneficial forboth developed and developing countries in
  • their long-term economic interests?
  • What are India’s interests in a multilateralforum like the WTO and how can India gain maximum advantage?
  • Does India have a clear-cut and well-defined set of negotiating strategies?
  • How have the economic reforms affected different segments of the Indian economy?
  • Do the reform measures conform to India's long-term economic interests?
  • Are the benefits from the WTO-induced reforms fairly and evenly distributed across regions and population?
  • Is there evidence to support that economic reforms have led to a decrease in income inequality and poverty in India.

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.

Alokesh Barua is Professor of Economics at the Centre for International Trade and Development, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Robert M. Stern is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Acknowledgement ix
List of Abbreviations xi
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
Manoj Pant
2. The WTO and our Role in the World Economy of the Future
Ashok Guha

Section II: Negotiating OptionsandStrategies
3. India and Coalitions in Multilateral Trade Negotiations
Manmohan Agarwal
4. Searching for the Missing Link: India’s ‘Negotiation Strategy’ at WTO?
Debashis Chakraborty
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
Arvind Panagariya

Section III: Market Access:Agriculture, ManufacturesandTextiles
7. WTO Agriculture Negotiations and India
Ramesh Chand
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
Samar Verma

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
Rashmi Banga
14. GATS Negotiations in Environmental Services: A developing country perspective with special reference to India
Aparna Sawhney

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

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