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.

chapter |16 pages

Overview and General Introduction

ByPaul Ekins, Tancrède Voituriez

part |2 pages

Part 1 The Context: Trade, SIAs and Development

chapter 1|26 pages

Trade-induced Changes in Economic Inequality: Assessment Issues and Policy Implications for Developing Countries

BySylvain Chabe-Ferret, Julien Gourdon, Mohamed Ali Marouani, Tancrède Voituriez

chapter 2|18 pages

Why Did ‘Development’ Entrap the Doha Round?

ByTancrède Voituriez

part |2 pages

Part 2 The New Challenges of Trade Liberalization: Beyond SIA

chapter 4|14 pages

Trade SIAs and the New Challenges of Trade Liberalization

ByTancrède Voituriez, Paul Ekins, Hernan Blanco, Ingmar von Homeyer and Dirk Scheer

chapter 5|22 pages

Investment: The Context Matters

ByDaniel Blobel, Benjamin Görlach, Wesley Ingwersen

chapter 6|18 pages

Sustainability Impacts of Liberalizing Trade in Services: Assessment Methodologies and Policy Responses

ByJesko Hirschfeld, Clemens König, Ana Bachurova

chapter 7|24 pages

The Impacts of Liberalizing Trade in Commodities

ByRobin Vanner, Paul Ekins

part |2 pages

Part 3 Breaking the Impasse: The National Policy Framework

chapter 9|20 pages

Improving Public Participation in Sustainability Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements

ByIngmar von Homeyer, Matthew Collins and Wesley Ingwerson

chapter 10|18 pages

Identifying Trade Victims

ByEdward Anderson

chapter 11|16 pages

Trade-induced Changes in Labour Market Inequalities: Current Findings and Policy Implications

ByEdward Anderson, Massimiliano Cali

part |2 pages

Part 4 International Cooperation

chapter 13|14 pages

Collective Preferences and International Compensation

ByTristan Le Cotty, Tancrède Voituriez

chapter 14|32 pages

Reducing the Impacts of the Production and Trade of Commodities

ByPaul Ekins, Robin Vanner