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Carlos Fortin - Research Associate

Business, Markets and the State; Power and Popular Politics
T: +44 (0)1273 915608


Political scientist with special interest in the political economy of globalisation. Between 1990 and 2005 he was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and previously Director of Programmes of the South Commission in Geneva.

He is currently working on the relationship between the emerging international trade regime and human rights.

IDS publications on international development research

The World Bank and Industrial Policy: Hands off or hands on?

Carlos Fortin examines the World Bank's record on industrial policy over the last 20 years and shows that the Bank's position on the role of the state is more nuanced. More details

IDS publications on international development research

International Cooperation to Reduce Inequality

Latin America's inequality ranks first in the world, constricting development and hindering citizenship. To tackle the inequality syndrome, a comprehensive approach should be put in place. Recommendations to address inequality through international cooperation ought to highlight strengthening of democratic institutions, enforcement of citizenship - especially labour rights - promotion of an active and strategic role for the state, implementation of due social policies - particularly higher education - and protection of the environment. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Trade and Growth; Globalisation; Rights.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Business and Development Centre.

Geographic Expertise:
Latin America and the Caribbean.