United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

By Ian Taylor, Karen Smith

© 2007 – Routledge

138 pages

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About the Book

Ian Taylor and Karen Smith present a much-needed and full examination of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), covering its history and current activities. All the key areas are covered by accessibly written chapters, including:

  • an overview of UNCTAD: what it is, why it was formed and why it is important
  • how the organization operates today: what it does and how it does it
  • key criticisms made against the organization: is it relevant in today’s world?
  • emerging issues within the organization and its future direction.

In the current era of globalization and what appears to be the dominance of neo-liberal economic thought, UNCTAD has sought to make itself germane to ongoing international debates. The implications of this for the organization’s key remit, namely making the world a fairer place, are something that this book unpacks.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Historical Background 2. UNCTAD’s Secretariat Structure 3. Research, Analysis and Major Publications 4. "Golden Years," 1960s-1970s 5. Crisis, Retreat and Reinvention, 1980s-Onwards 6. The Multilateral Trading System and the Future: Where Does UNCTAD Fit into the WTO? 7. Conclusion

About the Authors

Ian Taylor is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews; Associate Professor Extraordinary, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; and Visiting Lecturer, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.

Karen Smith is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

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Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Trade & Tariffs