The Political Economy of the World Trading System

Author: Bernard M. Hoekman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199553769
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This is a highly readable, completely revised and updated analytical account of the mechanics of the world trading system - how it works, what it does, and why. It provides insight into the basic economic rationale for international cooperation and the political economic forces that shape the global commercial environment and that determine the rules of the game and the commitments that governments agree to through WTO negotiations. Short case studies and specificdisputes are used to illustrate the workings of the institution in practice and the interest groups that drive the WTO processes. This edition highlights the increasing role of developing countries inthe WTO. This is a book that will be of interest to teachers and students of international economics and business, international relations and economic development, government officials and business people interested in the functioning of the multilateral trading system.

The World Trade Organization

Author: International Trade Law Center
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387226880
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The editors have succeeded in bringing together an excellent mix of leading scholars and practitioners. No book on the WTO has had this wide a scope before or covered the legal framework, economic and political issues, current and would-be countries and a outlook to the future like these three volumes do. 3000 pages, 80 chapters in 3 volumes cover a very interdiscplinary field that touches upon law, economics and politics.

The Evolution of the Trade Regime

Author: John H. Barton
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400837898
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Evolution of the Trade Regime offers a comprehensive political-economic history of the development of the world's multilateral trade institutions, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and its successor, the World Trade Organization (WTO). While other books confine themselves to describing contemporary GATT/WTO legal rules or analyzing their economic logic, this is the first to explain the logic and development behind these rules. The book begins by examining the institutions' rules, principles, practices, and norms from their genesis in the early postwar period to the present. It evaluates the extent to which changes in these institutional attributes have helped maintain or rebuild domestic constituencies for open markets. The book considers these questions by looking at the political, legal, and economic foundations of the trade regime from many angles. The authors conclude that throughout most of GATT/WTO history, power politics fundamentally shaped the creation and evolution of the GATT/WTO system. Yet in recent years, many aspects of the trade regime have failed to keep pace with shifts in underlying material interests and ideas, and the challenges presented by expanding membership and preferential trade agreements.

Fair Trade

Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Publisher: Murmann Verlag DE
ISBN: 9783938017630
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The World Trading System

Author: Jeffrey J. Schott
Publisher: Peterson Institute
ISBN: 9780881322354
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This text offers recommendations to deal with issues such as investment, environment, trade, labour standards, and accession to the WTO. It discusses: the Uruguay Round accords; the remaining barriers to trade; regional and multilateral initiatives; and the political support for negotiations.

Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization

Author: Matthew Eagleton-Pierce
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199662649
Format: PDF
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Questions of power are central to understanding global trade politics and no account of the World Trade Organization (WTO) can afford to avoid at least an acknowledgment of the concept. A closer examination of power can help us to explain why the structures and rules of international commerce take their existing forms, how the actions of countries are either enabled or disabled, and what distributional outcomes are achieved. However, within conventional accounts, there has been a tendency to either view power according to a single reading - namely the direct, coercive sense - or to overlook the concept entirely, focusing instead on liberal cooperation and legalization. In this book, Matthew Eagleton-Pierce shows that each of these approaches betray certain limitations which, in turn, have cut short, or worked against, more critical appraisals of power in transnational capitalism. To expand the intellectual space, the book investigates the complex relationship between power and legitimation by drawing upon Pierre Bourdieu's notion of symbolic power. A focus on symbolic power aims to alert scholars to how the construction of certain knowledge claims are fundamental to, and entwined within, the material struggle for international trade. Empirically, the argument uncovers and plots the recent strategies adopted by Southern countries in their pursuit of a more equitable trading order. By bringing together insights from political economy, sociology, and law, Symbolic Power in the WTO not only enlivens and enriches the study of diplomatic practice within a major multilateral institution, it also advances the broader understanding of power in world politics.

The Oxford Handbook on The World Trade Organization

Author: Amrita Narlikar
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191628441
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization provides an authoritative and cutting-edge account of the World Trade Organization. Its purpose is to provide a holistic understanding of what the WTO does, how it goes about fulfilling its tasks, its achievements and problems, and how it might contend with some critical challenges. The Handbook benefits from an interdisciplinary approach. The editorial team comprises a transatlantic partnership between a political scientist, a historian, and an economist. The distinguished and international team of contributors to the volume includes leading political scientists, historians, economists, lawyers, and practitioners working in the area of multilateral trade. All the chapters present original and state-of-the-art research material. They critically engage with existing academic and policy debates, and also contribute to the evolution of the field by setting the agenda for current and future WTO studies.The Handbook is aimed at research institutions, university academics, post-graduate students, and final-year undergraduates working in the areas of international organization, trade policy and negotiations, global economic governance, and economic diplomacy. As such, it should find an enthusiastic readership amongst students and scholars in History, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, and Law. Equally important, the book should have direct relevance for diplomats, international bureaucrats, government officials, and other policy-makers and practitioners in the area of trade and economic governance.