Recalcitrant spoiler? Contesting dominant accounts of India’s role in global trade governance

Kristen Hopewell*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

India is frequently cast as a troublemaker and blamed for the breakdown of the Doha Round. This article provides a critical re-reading of India’s trade policy and its position in multilateral trade negotiations. It challenges the widespread characterization of India as a recalcitrant spoiler, intent on derailing trade liberalization at the WTO. It shows that with the emergence of its highly-competitive, export-oriented services sector, India became one of the leading advocates of global services trade liberalization in the Doha Round. Yet, not unlike the traditional powers, India’s offensive trade interests are also combined with significant defensive concerns in agriculture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-593
Number of pages17
JournalThird World Quarterly
Volume39
Issue number3
Early online date14 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • power shifts
  • India
  • emerging powers
  • othering
  • global governance
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Recalcitrant spoiler? Contesting dominant accounts of India’s role in global trade governance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this