The web page doesn't have a lot of background on the individual titles. But there are a lot of them. If I'm interpreting the page correctly, the international economics list has over 1,000, generally recent, books.
The United States' sugar policy has a long history of supporting sugar producers, and the current system has its roots in the agricultural programs of the Great Depression. The policy has been widely criticized both at home and abroad for supporting a relatively small group of sugar producers at the expense of consumers, taxpayers, sugar-using industries, and the environment. The program relies on restricting sugar imports to keep domestic prices high, which especially hurts those developing countries that are low-cost producers of sugar. The artificially high price also provides incentives for domestic sugar producers to increase production into environmentally sensitive areas.
This paper explores the possibility of reform of the sugar program by considering other agricultural reforms at home and abroad. The cases examined are New Zealand's agricultural policy reform in the mid-1980s, changes to the United States peanut quota program through a buyout program, and the buyout program for tobacco quota holders in the United States.
Rob Portman's move from USTR to Office of Management and Budget looks like a recognition by the Administration that it's unlikely to see significant additional progress in the Doha Round. (Changes raise doubts on US commitment to Doha , Alan Beattie, Financial Times, April 18). At the same time, his move makes further progress less likely.
Schwab may be very capable. But turnover, and the associated reorganization, can't be good at this point. Moreover, she will lack Portman's stature with foreign negotiators and Congress. This quote from Kliment says a lot:
Small, poor, countries can have a hard time engaging with the world trading network.
Their trade related administration often lacks the physical and human capital to facilitate exports or imports of goods at reasonable cost, or to allow effective participation in negotiations with other countries on how trade arrangments should operate.
An impasse in negotiations, a weakening American President (who will be a lame duck when an agreement would come before Congress), an opposition that's seen the potential benefit of the protection card (a key element in the Dubai Ports World), and that can be expected to make gains in the 2006 mid-term elections. None of this augurs well for a successful Doha Round.
Both Daniel Drezner (Bill Thomas reads Doha its obituary , April 4) and Joel Trachtman (Doha Despair?, International Economic Law and Policy Blog - April 4) report today that the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee is calling Doha a dead end, and encouraging the administration to focus on bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) while he still has fast-track negotiating authority.