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Tenth in an annual series in which top economists provide a concise evaluation of major developments in trade and trade policy. This book provides a systematic analysis of the influence of politics on the operations of the International Monetary Fund, and considers whether the WTO should have an interest in food safety issues. By looking in detail at regional and national issues, such as trade liberalisation in South Asia and trade policy in Slovenia, it should help readers to think constructively about the future role of the IMF and WTO.
Part I: Institutional Focus:
1. The Political Economy of the IMF: A Check List of the Issues: Dane Rowlands and Graham Bird.
Part II: Regional Focus:
1. South Asia: Does Preferential Trade Liberalisation Make Sense?: Arvind Panagariya.
2. How Desirable is the South Asian Free Trade Area? A Quantitative Economic Assessment: Jayatilleke S. Bandara and Wusheng Yu.
3. Singapore and the New Regionalism: Bilateral Trade Linkages with Japan and the US: Ramkishen S. Rajan, Rahul Sen and Reza Siregar.
Part III: Trade Policy Review:
1. India: Trade Policy Review: V. N. Balasubramanyam.
2. Trade Policy in a Small Advanced Transition Economy: Trade Policy Review of Slovenia 2003: Joze P. Damijan and Boris.
Part IV: Special Feature:
1. Food Safety Issues, Trade and WTO Rules: A Developing Country Perspective: Prema-Chandra Athukorala and Sisira Jayasuriya.