Small states

The Commonwealth gives high priority to supporting the integration of small states in the global economy. Our books include ground-breaking research and policy advice on how small states can build their resilience and competitiveness, so they can take advantage of the opportunities and meet the challenges arising from globalisation. 

Publication date: 13 May 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This book brings policy-making for sustainable development into the mainstream of decision-making at all levels of governance and in all sectors. It builds on the 2005 internationally agreed ‘Mauritius Strategy’ which aims to implement the integration of sustainable development by small island developing states.

Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 3
Publication date: 31 March 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This paper examines the economic, political and social development of Malta, particularly since independence, highlighting the successes and failures of the social development strategies adopted and suggesting how these lessons can inform future policy decisions

Contributor: Geoff Bertram
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 4
Publication date: 15 March 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Examines how the characteristics of small states influence their pursuit of a welfare state. Many of the small states discussed have not previously featured in mainstream thinking about the relationship between country size and the extent of the welfare state.

Series title: Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 91
Publication date: 15 March 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This Economic Paper presents the first analyses of the use and effectiveness of Aid for Trade (AfT), the initiative to help developing countries boost their involvement in the global economy. It examines the extent to which SVEs have been able to access AfT funds and to what extent this assistance has helped them to improve their trade performance.

Publication date: 15 December 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Saving Small Developing Island States introduces the key policy challenges small island states face in dealing with the environmental consequences of climate change. It will be of interest to environmental and natural resource managers in small island states, government policy-makers, and academics and students in the fields of public policy.

Contributor: Patsy Lewis
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 2
Publication date: 1 November 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This paper assesses developments in social policy approaches and delivery in Grenada, including the economic strategies pursued and their effects on social policy, particularly in respect of children. It looks at the challenges faced by governments and presents a brief case study of Hurricane Ivan.

Publication date: 1 November 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This book provides a tool for assessing both how prone a country is to external economic shocks – its vulnerability – as well as its ability bounce back from those shocks – its resilience. For economic planners, as well as students of the economies of small states.

Contributor: Jane Jenson
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 1
Publication date: 25 October 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This paper examines the concept of social cohesion in policy debates and assesses its impact on social development. Part I examines the literature, identifying different types of usage. Part II presents a range of indicators that have been used to measure social cohesion. Part III provides discussion of the lessons to be drawn.

Series title: Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statistics
Publication date: 1 July 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This unique annual collection of key economic and statistical data on states with fewer than five million inhabitants is an essential reference for economists, planners and policy-makers working on issues of concern to small states. This volume contains 54 tables covering development indicators and 3 articles focusing on trade in services.

Series title: Economic Paper Series
Publication date: 1 June 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This is the first study to look at the trade effects on small states of the current global slowdown. Export industries in these countries have been affected at least as much as those of other developing countries. The authors suggest a number of policy responses for governments of small states which may help to address the issues that arise.

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