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The Geneva Consensus
Making Trade Work for All


  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107664159

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About the Authors
  • As Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy chaired the Doha Round of negotiations and witnessed a rapidly changing international trade environment. In his first book since leaving the WTO, Lamy reflects on his time there and outlines his views on the significance of open trade in generating global economic growth, reducing poverty and creating jobs around the world. He argues that trade can only act as a motor for growth if the correct mix of domestic and international economic and social policies is in place. This approach – the 'Geneva Consensus' – requires deeper cooperation and policy coherence between the international organizations active in setting international economic, social and political policies. The Geneva Consensus describes the ongoing efforts to put this into effect, calling for more effective global governance to tackle the challenges of globalization. It also examines relationships between trade and the key social, economic and political issues of our time.

    • Comprehensive account of how international trade fits into the global mix of economic and social policies needed to tackle the challenges of globalization provides interesting new perspectives on the key issues of our time
    • Draws on the author's in-depth knowledge of trade issues and his regular contact with world leaders over many years to outline how international co-operation can help to achieve more effective global governance
    • Summarizes succinctly the key challenges facing the global community and what is needed to tackle these challenges
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107664159
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 138 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Harnessing globalization amid the crisis facing multilateralism
    2. The changing face of trade
    3. Helping the poorest up the prosperity ladder
    4. Trade: friend not foe of the environment
    5. Trading towards global food security
    6. Trade can contribute towards better health
    7. Trade and labour: separated at birth but still connected
    8. Trade and energy: the case for a greater WTO role
    9. Trade and currencies: trading community seeks greater currency stability
    10. Trade and competition: fairer competition makes for fairer trade
    11. Trade and human rights: a case of misplaced suspicion
    12. Last but not least: the Doha Round.

  • Author

    Pascal Lamy, Notre Europe
    Pascal Lamy was Director-General of the World Trade Organization from 2005 until 2013. Between 1999 and 2004, he was Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission under Romano Prodi. Dr Lamy holds degrees from the Paris-based École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) and from the École Nationale d'Administration (ENA). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection Générale des Finances and at the Treasury. He then became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy.

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