The Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization

The Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization

Hardback Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Edited by Amrita Narlikar, Edited by Martin Daunton, Edited by Robert Mitchell Stern


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 880 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 252mm x 58mm | 1,660g
  • Publication date: 26 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199586101
  • ISBN 13: 9780199586103
  • Sales rank: 1,047,719

Product description

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.

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Author information

Robert M. Stern has published numerous articles and books over the years in international trade and finance. His current research focuses on issues of WTO governance and related social policies. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan and currently a Visiting Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley.

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...this Handbook should be regarded as a feat of great editorship, which is especially remarkable given the pluralistic array of contributors-both in disciplinary and geographic terms. Agustin Jose Menendez, University of Leon and University of Oslo, Political Studies Review

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART I: THEORY OF MULTILATERAL TRADE LIBERALIZATION ; 1. The Case for a Multilateral Trade Organization ; 2. The Inconsistent Quartet: Free Trade Versus Competing Goals ; 3. Trade Liberalization and Domestic Politics ; PART II: INSTITUTIONAL EVOLUTION: BUILDING UP THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION ; 4. International Trade Organization ; 5. The expanding mandate of the GATT: The First Seven Rounds ; 6. Uruguay Round Negotiations and the Creation of the WTO ; PART III: THE PROCESS BEHIND THE WORKINGS OF THE WTO ; 7. The Role of the Director-General and the Secretariat ; 8. Defining the Borders of the WTO Agenda ; 9. Collective Agency, Systemic Consequences: Bargaining Coalitions in the WTO ; PART IV: AGENCY IN THE WTO ; 10. The Influence of the EU in the World Trade System ; 11. The Role of the US : A Multi-level explanation for Decreased Support over Time ; 12. The Role of the B(R)ICS: System supporters or Change agents in the WTO? ; 13. Least Developed Countries: Growing Voice ; 14. Awkward Partners: NGOs and Social Movements in the WTO ; 15. What happened to the Influence of Bussines? Corporations and Organised Labour in the WTO ; PART V: THE SUBSTANCE OF THE AGREEMENTS ; 16. Trade in Manufactures and Agricultural Products: The Dangerous Link? (Helen Coskeran, Dan Kim, Amrita Narlikar) ; 17. Trade in Services in the WTO: From Marrakech (1994) to Doha (2001) to... ; 18. Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) ; 19. Rules: Anti-dumping, Countervailing Duties, and Safeguards ; 20. Regulatory Measures: SPS, TBT, Customs Valuation ; PART VI: IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT ; 21. Trade Policy Review Mechanism ; 22. Dispute Settlement Mechanism - Analysis and Problems ; 23. DSM - The Appellate Body - Assessment and Problems ; 24. Interpretation and Institutional Choice at the WTO ; 25. The DSM: Ensuring Compliance? ; PART VII: CHALLENGES TO THE SYSTEM ; 26. Persistent Deadlock at Doha ; 27. The Role of Domestic Courts in the Implementation of WTO Law: The Political Economy of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances ; 28. Preferential Trading Arrangements ; 29. New Issues in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources ; PART VIII: ETHICAL ISSUES ; 30. Fairness in the WTO Trading System ; 31. Labour Standards and Human Rights ; 32. Trade and the Environment ; PART IX: REFORM OF THE WTO AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE ; 33. Proposals for Reform: A Synthesis and Assessment ; 34. The WTO and Institutional (In)Coherence