Author Affiliation, Ana.
Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
Unequal negotiations: Small states in the new global economy
Journal of Eastern Caribbean studies
Date of Publication
This article looks at the emerging phenomenon of free trade agreements between developing and developed countries. Its particular focus is on a sub-grouping of developing countries, the small states in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping. These countries are either considering or are actively involved in negotiating such agreements with developed countries both inside and outside of their respective regions. The paper presents a case study of the experience of Caribbean ACP small states in negotiating the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) with larger 'partners' in North America and South America. In so doing, it seeks to illuminate some of the challenges these countries, and other small states, are likely to confront in what are viewed as unequal relationships. It argues that, given the similarity of challenges confronting both groups in negotiating these arrangements, that it would be beneficial for them to form strategic alliances across issues and negotiating arenas to strengthen their position and safeguard their interests.....