The Diffusion of Information Technology and the Implications for Global Development: A perspective based on the Indian Experience C.P. Chandrasekhar

This paper examines India’s experience with the growth of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and discusses various policy implications for realisation of the potential of this sector. The author argues that unless the State plays a more important role, it will be difficult to meet the challenge that the IT revolution sets for a developing country like India. it_bangalore (Download the full text in PDF format)

Revolution and Counter-Revolution Walden Bello

The political reality of Venezuela hits me as soon as I arrive, like a blast of Caribbean air at midday. A friendly question triggers a torrent of anti-Chavez denunciations from the young professional serving as my driver from the airport that only ends when he deposits me at the Hilton. "We used to be a tolerant country," he claims. "Now Chavez has set the lower class against the middle class, the black people against the whites. Sure, there are a few abusive rich people, but it's not just them he's targeted. It's people like me. You know, middle class people,…

Services and the New Capitalism C.P. Chandrasekhar

Contrary to the “new economy” perspective, which sees in the proliferation of the services sector signs of the progressive transformation of capitalism, the dominant role of services is that of offering a larger economic space in which the process of realization of surpluses generated by monopoly capital is ensured. services_new_capitalism (Download the full text in PDF format)

The New Work Programme of the WTO Bhagirath Lal Das

The paper begins with some general observations on the process and effects of Doha, including the worsening of imbalances and the negotiating pattern. It then examines the issues covered by the new work programme, including implementation, agriculture, services, TRIPS, environment, the Singapore issues (investment, competition, transparency in government procurement), electronic commerce, trade, debt and finance; and trade and technology transfer. For each topic, the paper decribes the strong points, the weak or adverse points, and then provides suggestions for action. work_prg_wto (Download the full text in PDF format)

Labour Mobility and Unemployment in China Diana Hochraich

Diana Hochraich makes a case for China’s need to upgrade its manufacturing industry. Industrial enhancement by means of an efficient industrial policy, together with a strong effort in education should be the policy leading to a more balanced labour market. labour_mobility (Download the full text in PDF format) (Paper presented at the International Workshop on the Chinese Economy, Shanghai, December 14 and 15, 2001)

Modernisation, Heterogeneity and Employment in Mexico Julio Lo'pez Gallardo

Mexico's economic policies are being drastically reformed since 1983. But the policies have failed to deliver. Gallardo's paper studies the effects of the reforms and the ensuing process of modernisation of firms on Mexico's labour market, and on employment and labour productivity in particular. The author asserts that a fruitful integration with the world economy requires Mexico to adopt a strategy that is different from the one the authorities have been following in recent years. modernisation (Download the full text in PDF format)