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The Uneven Offshore World
Mauritius, India, and Africa in the Global Economy

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ISBN 9780367751128
March 25, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Robertson and Tyrala provide a theoretical and empirical analysis of emerging markets and the offshore economic system.

Few analysts are aware that corporate structures formed in Mauritius hold over $700 billion in assets in the global economy. In the last decade, taxation has become a central part of the international political agenda. Spurred on by vigorous contestation from the local level to the global level, serious efforts have been made to regulate the offshore economy. As a result, emerging markets are placed in a bind, with tensions between the continuing incentives to accommodate offshore capital and the global, regional and national pressures to curtail offshore activities. India has convincingly exhibited its commitment to the new tax agenda having taken strong steps and implemented strict rules on how investors can utilize Mauritius for business transactions. Going forward, the African continent represents one of the most notable cases of whether India’s actions will be replicated elsewhere. Mauritius-India and Mauritius-Africa are indicative test cases in considering the depth of taxation reform in the post-2008 global financial crisis world.

An insightful study for scholars of international political economy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Analytical Framework Part One: World-Systems Analysis, Global Finance, and Regional Specialization in the Global Offshore Economy 3. Analytical Framework Part Two: Growing Resistance, New Global Standards, and the Uneven Nature of the Offshore World 4. A Case Study of the Mauritius-India Offshore Relationship 5. A Case Study of the Mauritius-Africa Offshore Relationship 6. The Significance of the Case Studies for the Political Economies of India, Africa, and Mauritius 7. Conclusion

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Justin Robertson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies at the City University of Hong Kong. His most recent research explores the extent to which hedge funds, private equity funds and offshore structures are materializing in emerging markets. 

Michael Tyrala is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Emerging Market Studies of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on the historical and contemporary trajectories of the global offshore economy, and its evolving impact on the global capitalist system.