The Political Economy of Policy Reform, 270

Essays in Honor of J. Michael Finger

Edited By

  • D. Nelson, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

This volume collects the papers from a conference in honor of J. Michael Finger on the occasion of his retirement from the World Bank. The papers cover a number of important issues in the analysis of policy reform and the political economy of policy reform. In particular, papers focus on the political economy of trade liberalization, the role of international agencies in policy reform, policy learning, and the application of economic analysis in policy reform.

Hardbound, 368 pages Pages

Published: December 2004

Imprint: Elsevier


  • Introduction. The political economy of policy reform: The origins and dynamics of policy improvement (D. Nelson).Part I : Identifying good policy: The role of economic analysis.Chapter 1. Pros and cons of linking trade and labor standards (D.K. Brown, A.V. Deardorff, R. M. Stern).Chapter 2. Can industrial policy be good policy? (J.A. Hart).Chapter 3. Equitable and efficient international schemes to control carbon dioxide emissions (A. J. Caplan, E.C.D. Silva).Chapter 4. General equilibrium studies of multilateral trade negotiations: Do they really help? (J. Francois).Part II: Domestic political economy of trade liberalization.Chapter 5. 'Steeling' house votes at low prices for the steel import quota bill of 1999 (R.C. Fisher, O. Kokcekus, E. Tower).Chapter 6. The Madison paradox and the low cost of reducing special-interest legislation (C.S.P. Magee, S.P. Magee).Chapter 7. Executive-congressional collaboration for trade liberalization, OR games legislators play (I.M. Destler).Part III: International policy learning.Chapter 8. The role of the world bank in the transfer of policy knowledge on trade liberalisation (O. Morrissey, D. Nelson).Chapter 9. Tax credits and welfare for working families: A case study of policy transfer (A. Duncan, D. Greenaway).Part IV: The WTO, trade liberalization and development.Chapter 10. The WTO and development (S. Laird, R. Safadi, A. Turrini).Chapter 11. J. Michael Finger and the Doha development agenda (B. Hoekman).Chapter 12. Unequal exchange: Developing countries in the international trade negotiations (J.J. Nogués).Chapter 13. Coherence with no 'here': WTO co-operation with the world bank and the IMF (A. Winters).


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