Deadlocks in Multilateral Negotiations: Causes and Solutions

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Deadlocks are a feature of everyday life, as well as high politics. This volume focuses on the concept, causes, and consequences of deadlocks in multilateral settings, and analyses the types of strategies that could be used to break them. It commences with a definition of deadlock, hypothesizes about its occurrence, and proposes solutions. Each chapter then makes an original contribution to the issue of deadlock – theoretical, methodological, or empirical – and further tests the original concepts and hypotheses, either theoretically or through case-study analysis, developing or altering them accordingly. This is a unique volume which provides an in-depth examination of the problem of deadlock and a more thorough understanding of specific negotiation problems than has ever been done before. It will be directly relevant to students, researchers, teachers, and scholars of negotiation and will also be of interest to practitioners involved in negotiation and diplomacy.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This remarkable and insightful volume is of great value to practitioners and analysts who deal with deadlocks that may arise in multilateral negotiations of various kinds. The range of solutions available for resolving the different types of deadlocks is set out especially clearly and comprehensively.”
Robert M. Stern, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

“Amrita Narlikar, an influential analyst of the issues relating to multilateralism, has brought together some of the best contributions to this hugely important subject. She deserves our gratitude and attention.”
Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University, and author of In Defense of Globalization

“This theoretically-sophisticated book makes a significant contribution to the literature on negotiation. Its focus on the multilateral level is particularly timely given the current stalemate in many global negotiations.”
John Ravenhill, Australian National University

“Amrita Narlikar offers us a path-breaking theory to understand deadlocks in multilateral negotiations. All the writers in this volume engage with this theory – from the standpoint of different disciplines; law, politics, economics, history, and international relations – and help to illuminate our understanding of why deadlocks arise in multilateral negotiations. This book is a “must read” for students and practitioners of multilateral negotiations concerned with finding solutions to the many global challenges of our time in trade, climate change and security issues!”
Faizel Ismail, Head of the South African Delegation to the WTO, and author of Mainstreaming Development in the WTO: Developing Countries in the Doha Round (2007) and Reforming the World Trade Organization: Developing Countries in the Doha Round (2009)

“Amrita Narlikar has put together a valuable collection of essays on the ingredients of success and failure in multilateral negotiations. The approach is multi-disciplinary, as well as being both theoretical and empirical. This book has a coherent and disciplined structure, as the authors of individual chapters relate their analyses to the conceptual framework laid out at the start by Narlikar. The volume makes a useful contribution to our thinking about the dynamics of negotiation and how to understand their results.”
Patrick Low, Chief Economist, World Trade Organization

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521130677
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Amrita Narlikar is University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Darwin College. She is the author of International Trade and Developing Countries: Bargaining Coalitions in the GATT and WTO (2003) and The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction (2005), and is co-editor of Leadership and Change in the Multilateral Trading System (2009).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Amrita Narlikar; Part I. Disciplinary Insights: 1. The politics of deadlock Andrew Gamble; 2. From Bretton Woods to Havana: multilateral deadlocks in historical perspective Martin Daunton; 3. Talking one's ways out of strikes William Brown; 4. Litigating the way out of deadlock: the WTO, the EU and the UN Markus W. Gehring; Part II. Case Studies: 5. Transatlantic intransigence in the Doha Round: domestic politics and the difficulty of compromise Alasdair R. Young; 6. Know the enemy: uncertainty and deadlock in the WTO Amrita Narlikar and Pieter van Houten; 7. Entering the zone of agreement: the United States in climate change negotiations Sevasti-Eleni Vezirgiannidou; 8. The role of informal negotiation processes in breaking deadlocks: the UN Security Council Jochen Prantl; 9. Negotiating international policies on Kosovo Pieter van Houten; 10. Beyond negotiation deadlocks: the importance of mediation and leadership change Jacob Bercovitch and Carmela Lutmar; Conclusion. Case studies as evidence: lessons learned Daniel Druckman and Amrita Narlikar.

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