A World Without Walls: Freedom, Development, Free Trade and Global Governance

A World Without Walls: Freedom, Development, Free Trade and Global Governance

by Mike Moore
     
 

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Mike Moore's reflection on his time as Director-General of the World Trade Organization is an important addition to the great globalisation debate. Moore explains how a boy who left school at fourteen to work in a slaughterhouse came to head an organisation charged with bringing rules and order to the world's trading system. Arriving at the WTO shortly before the… See more details below

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Mike Moore's reflection on his time as Director-General of the World Trade Organization is an important addition to the great globalisation debate. Moore explains how a boy who left school at fourteen to work in a slaughterhouse came to head an organisation charged with bringing rules and order to the world's trading system. Arriving at the WTO shortly before the ill-fated Seattle meeting, Moore sought to reform the Organization, addressing the concerns of poorer countries and engaging in open debate with the often hostile nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). He successfully negotiated ten new members into the WTO, including the world's most populous nation, China, and he gives an insider's view of how these negotiations were navigated. He is proud that in November 2001, at the meeting in Doha, these nations promised their commitment to a new round of trade talks with a focus on development. Moore rebuts the attacks against the WTO, and argues that the WTO's promise of rules-based free trade offers the best hope for lifting millions of the world's poorest citizens out of poverty. A World Without Walls examines our interdependent world which is now just beginning to integrate, and offers refreshing perspectives on an emerging global civil society and the challenges of global and corporate governance.

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Foreign Affairs
Within two months of taking office as the new director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Mike Moore was handed a major setback at the now-famous "tear-gas ministerial" conference of November 1999 in Seattle. With protesters wreaking havoc outside, Moore, a former prime minister of New Zealand, was unable to prevail on the assembled government officials to conclude an agreement that would launch a new round of trade negotiations. To the WTO's opponents, the collapse of the meeting represented the high point of their crusade against "corporate-led globalization." Even to its supporters, it appeared that the WTO had suffered a near-fatal blow, from which it would recover only very gradually, if at all.

Yet two years later, when trade ministers met again in the more secluded environment of Doha, Qatar, they were able to walk out with an agreed framework in hand. The Doha meeting launched a "Development Round" of trade negotiations (which is still stumbling along) and inaugurated China as a member of the WTO. The death knells for Mike Moore's WTO, it turns out, had sounded prematurely.

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"Worth reading...compelling..." Weekly Standard

"Mike Moore makes a strong case for the benefits of free trade and open markets. But he warns that global governance needs to be rethought to cope with the challenges of globalization. A wide ranging and thought-provoking book." George Soros, author of George Soros on Globalization

"What shines through all this is Moore's unshakable faith in globalization and his contagious confidence in the combined ability of markets and democracies to make the world a better place for the vast majority of its inhabitants." Foreign Affairs

"I now understand better why I like Mike Moore so much. Mike, a man essentially educated by the brute force of real-life challenges, has produced in this book an honest account of his very fine tenure as WTO Director-General. Those curious about either the evolution of the multilateral trading system, or interesting leaders, will find this book very enjoyable." Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico

"...it seems like a good start on the path toward a world where goods, services, and people move freely." Weekly Standard

"Reading Moore's book is not unlike spending half an hour with the man himself. It amounts to a thorough battering by fact, anecdote, protest, and personal conviction.... However, the real message is topical: the value and fragility of multilateralism.... Yet no reader could conclude anything other than that the WTO must succeed. For the weak and the powerful alike, the multilateral system it represents is too precious and too fragile to neglect or abuse." Financial Times

"He's both self-congratulatory and self-deprecating, successfully weaving in humor to spice up what might otherwise be tedious accounts of office politics.... At a time when global institutions such as these seem both vitally important and uniquely threatened, Mr. Moore advocates greater education about their decisions and their interaction with civil society. A World Without Walls, especially when it's focused on the specifics of how the W.T.O. should operate--and how it actually does operate--is an admirable beginning." New York Observer

"Mike Moore is that rare politician: a doer who is also a thinker. He pulled off Doha, putting the bumbling failure of Seattle behind us. In this fascinating book, he demonstrates that he can also speak to intellectuals, placing trade liberalization, indeed globalization, into an ambitious but realistic framework that can serve as an effective antidote to the anti-globalizers. And he does it elegantly and articulately. New Zealand has two great voices: Kiri Te Kanawa and Mike Moore." Jagdish Bhagwati, author of Free Trade Today

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521534222
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

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