North–South Economic Relations
North–South is the title of a book which became popularly known as ‘The Brandt Report’. Published in 1980, the book had an immediate impact in terms of popular coverage and appeal. There was a conference of world leaders at Cancun to discuss the report, amidst great publicity. In 1983 there was a follow- up report which received less publicity, and in any case it can be argued that the ardour over North–South relations had cooled somewhat by then. Did the Brandt Report simply introduce a new phrase in international dialogue, or did its achievements go beyond that? In order to answer this question we have to take a step back and consider the nature of North–South economic relations.