Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization

Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization

by Tania Voon
     
 

Debate about the trade and culture has a long history, but the application of WTO rules to cultural products such as films, radio and books remains one of the most divisive issues in the organisation. After assessing the economic and social arguments for treating cultural products differently from things like steel or wheat, this book explains how the vastly different… See more details below

Overview

Debate about the trade and culture has a long history, but the application of WTO rules to cultural products such as films, radio and books remains one of the most divisive issues in the organisation. After assessing the economic and social arguments for treating cultural products differently from things like steel or wheat, this book explains how the vastly different views of WTO Members in earlier negotiations led to an outcome that is disappointing for all. It goes on to provide a comprehensive evaluation of possible solutions, including evolution of the law through WTO dispute settlement, a new agreement outside the WTO or reforms to improve the balance between trade liberalisation and cultural policy objectives. As UNESCO's new convention affecting trade and cultural diversity is due to enter into force in 2007 and the WTO's Doha Round of negotiations is stumbling, the need for such an evaluation is all the more pressing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521184052
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law Series, #54
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Detailed chapter outline     ix
Table of GATT/WTO agreements     xiii
Table of GATT/WTO cases     xiv
Table of abbreviations     xvii
GATT/WTO agreements     xvii
GATT/WTO cases     xviii
Other abbreviations     xxvi
Foreword     xxxi
Acknowledgements     xxxiv
Stalemate and its ideological origins     1
Trade and culture     3
A case study of cultural products: protectionism vs cultural policy     37
What's wrong with the current treatment of cultural products?     69
Options for the future     121
Resolution through dispute settlement and international law     123
Constructing a new agreement outside the WTO     173
Improving the existing WTO agreements     217
Conclusion     248
Bibliography     257
Non-WTO agreements, cases, statutes, and treaties     257
Other official documents and reports     259
Articles, books, chapters, and papers     271
Index     295

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