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: 17 December 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This report analyses data, 2000–2010, from 46 small island developing states (SIDS) to provide a comprehensive assessment of progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from a small states perspective. It shows a ‘big divide’ separates these countries across the range of MDG economic, social and environmental indicators.

Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 7
Publication date: 30 July 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are two small states that have struggled to develop successful social policies since independence. This study traces their social histories and examines factors that have hindered progress. Future development requires a move away from traditional social structures and a focus on political stability and economic growth.

Contributor: Desmond U Amosa
Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 6
Publication date: 25 July 2012
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Samoa is a role model in the Pacific region for its economic and social achievements. This in-depth study traces the history of government policy and examines the fundamentals underpinning the country’s progress. It also examines how the fa’a Samoa, the culture, enabled the country to build resilience after crises in the 1990s.

Series title: Social Policies in Small States Series
Number within series: 5
Publication date: 9 December 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This book provides comprehensive analysis of social policy development in Seychelles, focusing on the political and economic developments that have led to the current situation. The challenge now is to maintain current levels of social policy interventions in the face of severe indebtedness and the stagnation of economic growth.

Series title: Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 93
Publication date: 15 November 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This Economic Paper assesses new innovative measures in trade in service negotiations that reflect the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by developing countries. It outlines the approaches that can help small and low-income countries in a manner that is practical and supportive of their economic development.

Publication date: 11 October 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Examines measures through which small states can work together with the international community to strengthen their ability to cope with pressing challenges such as climate change, sustainable manufacturing, and renewable energy technologies.

Publication date: 11 October 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This study examines how monetary and fiscal policies are implemented in Pacific small states and suggests policy options that can be used by these countries.

Publication date: 11 October 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Provides an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of the status of the epidemic in the Pacific, Southern Africa and the Caribbean. It examines specific features of these three regions that contribute towards the spread of HIV/AIDS and identify the responses by various local and external stakeholders.

Publication date: 23 September 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This study examines how monetary and fiscal policies are implemented in Caribbean small states, tracing the differences and similarities in tax structure, current expenditure and current revenues. It shows the impact of monetary policy on inflation and the importance of exchange rate regimes to the effectiveness of monetary policy in the region.

Contributor: Gérard Adonis
Publication date: 23 September 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This book reviews the implementation of macroeconomic policies in Malta, identifying the key issues, lessons learnt and best practices which could be adapted by other small states. It also sets out the country’s challenges for the future, including attending to the conflicting demands of environmental conservation and economic development.

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