New Publication on Developing Country Status
In a research paper published in Global Society, Dr. Clara Weinhardt tracks the reproduction of global inequalities via contemporary debates over developing country status in the WTO. Increased contestation over the self-declaratory definition of the developing country group is characterised by two features: On the one hand, the emergence of larger developing countries, such as Brazil, India and China - the BICs - on the geopolitical map, has allowed critics to claim that a one-size-fits-all approach to differential treatment is outdated. On the other hand, this increasingly explicit contestation negatively impacts smaller developing countries, particularly amidst attempts to use alternative classification schemes to determine access to Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) in the WTO. Countries that cannot claim to belong to a less contested sub-group - such as the Least Developed Countries Group - are consequently disadvantaged by debates over differentiation that primarily centre on the BICs and chief among them China.
The full article can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13600826.2020.1739632