Commonwealth Small States

Issues and Prospects

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Small states face unique challenges as they adapt to the demands of an increasingly global economy. This publication, produced with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, surveys the range of challenges facing small states, including environmental and trade issues, economic problems, the particular challenges facing small states in development, education, and governance, and the issue of regionalism. The book provides policy-makers and parliamentarians worldwide with a detailed insight into how these issues uniquely impact upon small states, and offers recommendations on how to strengthen their capacity to exploit the new opportunities and challenges arising from globalisation.



Small Economies and Special and Differential Treatment: Strengthening the Evidence, Countering the Fallacies

Small economies present a particular challenge to the multilateral trade regime: will it adjust to arrest their increasing marginalisation in world trade, a marginalisation that is undermining their development prospects significantly? This challenge questions whether emerging international trade rules are damaging the trade and development interests of small economies and, if so, whether derogations from those rules can avert such damage. An answer that more favourable treatment offers small economies the potential for a beneficial means of insertion into world markets is incomplete, however, without considering the negotiating context from which trade rules emerge.


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