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GLOBE Webinar: Amrita Narlikar - Poverty Narratives and Power Paradoxes in International Trade Negotiations and Beyond

Amrita Narlikar joins the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss her new book

15 June 2020 - 15:00 - 16:00 CET

Amrita Narlikar joins the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss her new book Poverty Narratives and Power Paradoxes in International Trade Negotiations and Beyond (2020, Cambridge University Press). Prof. Charles Roger (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals) will then offer some reflections and kick off the discussion ahead of a Q&A with the audience.

About the book: Amrita Narlikar argues that, contrary to common assumption, modern-day politics displays a surprising paradox: poverty - and the powerlessness with which it is associated - has emerged as a political tool and a formidable weapon in international negotiation. The success of poverty narratives, however, means that their use has not been limited to the neediest. Focusing on behaviours and outcomes in a particularly polarising area of bargaining - international trade - and illustrating wider applications of the argument, Narlikar shows how these narratives have been effectively used. Yet, she also sheds light on how indiscriminate overuse and misuse increasingly run the risk of adverse consequences for the system at large and devastating repercussions for the weakest members of society. Narlikar advances a theory of agency and empowerment by focusing on the life-cycles of narratives and concludes by offering policy-relevant insights on how to construct winning and sustainable narratives.

About the author: Amrita is President of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg as well as Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at Hamburg Universitä;Amrita’s research expertise lies in the areas of multilateralism, international negotiation, WTO, and also rising powers. Her previous books include: Bargaining with a Rising India: Lessons from the Mahabharata (co-authored, Oxford University Press, 2014) and The Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization (co-edited, Oxford University Press, 2012). For full list of publications, please see: ; 

Discussant: Charles Roger (Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals) 
Moderator: Kari Otteburn (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven) 

Participation is free and the webinar can be joined from anywhere in the world.


Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, the Project “Global Governance and the European Union: Future Trends and Scenarios” (GLOBE) addresses the strategic priorities identified in the EU Global Strategy such as – trade, development, security and climate change – as well as migration and global finance, in order to identify the major roadblocks to effective and coherent global governance by multiple stakeholders in a multipolar world. GLOBE seeks to provide policy makers, academics and the general public with an analytical grip on the state of play in global governance, by developing new theoretical and methodological approaches. It also hopes to equip national and European policy makers with tools to identify constraints and opportunities in a set of global governance scenarios for 2030 and 2050.


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Duration: 1 hours


Organised by

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

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