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.
Defining and Measuring Social Cohesion
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.
Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statistics, Volume 14
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.
The Global Financial Crisis and Trade Prospects in Small States
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.
Supporting Investment and Private Sector Development in Times of Crisis: Strategies for Small States
Documents the effects of the global financial crisis on investment and private sector development in small states. It uses case studies (St Lucia, Vanuatu and Mauritius) to draw lessons from policy responses and propose further support required at both the national and international level to support the private sector through the economic crisis.
Manoeuvring at the Margins: Constraints Faced by Small States in International Trade Negotiations
Highlights three areas where small states can maximise their potential influence: establishing an effective negotiating team by strengthening human resources; harnessing the support of civil society and the private sector; and, improving negotiation strategies.
Trade, Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Key Issues for Small States, Least Developed Countries and Vulnerable Economies
Examines the opportunities and multiple large-scale challenges small developing countries face in adapting key trade sectors to the impact climate change, addressing climate change measures, and furthering their own trade capacity and competitiveness in the global market.
Trade, Growth and Poverty Reduction: Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small States in the Global Economic System
Why have the least developed countries failed to grow as fast as other economies during the recent period of globalisation? This title explores the broad links between growth in income, globalisation, and poverty reduction. It argues that domestic and international policies have failed to serve the interests of the poorest countries.
Working Smart and Small: The Role of Knowledge-based and Service Industries in Growth Strategies for Small States
Small states face serious challenges for development due to their size, remoteness and vulnerability. This work suggests how small states can reposition themselves in the global economy and move into knowledge-based and service industries. It provides an overview of factors constraining the development of services sector and trade in services.
Labour Markets in Small Developing States
Explores the approaches to the challenge of human resources development in national development strategy formulation adopted by governments of smaller states across the world and considers the effectiveness of the particular strategies adopted. This book also explores the role of labour migration in this process.
Small States and the Pillars of Economic Resilience
Small developing states tend to be inherently prone to exogenous shocks over which they can exercise very little control. This book argues that economic resilience can be built through appropriate policy interventions in four principal areas.
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