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Title: International Posturing amidst Domestic Neglect: India's Agricultural Policy Examined
Authors: Gupta, Priyanshu
Babu, Ravindran Rajesh
Keywords: Economic Partnership Agreements
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Lisbon Treaty
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: SCOPUS
World Trade Review
Cambridge University Press
Series/Report no.: 18(3)
Abstract: India has actively tried to shape the WTO agricultural negotiations by submitting detailed proposals, building coalitions, and even taking hard stands (veto) at critical junctures. However, this aggressive posturing presents a sharp contrast with India's domestic agricultural space, where the situation highlights policy neglect, manifesting in agrarian distress and farmer suicides. This paper analyzes contradictions between India's internationally espoused negotiating positions and its domestic policy goals. It argues that India's core focus has been to preserve status quo in the domestic food markets, driven by the political need to provide food-based consumption subsidies and manage an assured price and supply protection to its vulnerable consumers. As a result, India's interests are divergent from most of its developing country coalition partners in the G-20 as well as the G-33 groups. Our discussion has significant implications for both the domestic policy, as well as the sustainability of India's strategy in global agricultural trade negotiations.
Description: Gupta, Priyanshu, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India; Babu, R. Rajesh, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India
ISSN/ISBN - 14747456
DOI - 10.1017/S1474745618000083
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