The Genesis of the GATT

The Genesis of the GATT

by Douglas A. Irwin, Petros C. Mavroidis, Alan O. Sykes
     
 

This book is part of a wider project on the economic logic behind the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). This volume asks: What does the historical record indicate about the aims and objectives of the framers of the GATT? Where did the provisions of the GATT come from and how did they evolve through various international meetings and drafts? To what… See more details below

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This book is part of a wider project on the economic logic behind the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). This volume asks: What does the historical record indicate about the aims and objectives of the framers of the GATT? Where did the provisions of the GATT come from and how did they evolve through various international meetings and drafts? To what extent does the historical record provide support for one or more of the economic rationales for the GATT? This book examines the motivations and contributions of the two main framers of the GATT, the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the smaller role of other countries. The framers desired a commercial agreement on trade practices as well as negotiated reductions in trade barriers. Both were sought as a way to expand international trade to promote world prosperity, restrict the use of discriminatory policies to reduce conflict over trade, and thereby establish economic foundations for maintaining world peace.

About the Author:
Douglas A. Irwin is Robert E. Maxwell Professor of Arts and Sciences in the Economics Department at Dartmouth College

About the Author:
Petros C. Mavroidis is Edwin B. Parker Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, New York, and Professor of Law at the University of Neuchatel

About the Author:
Alan O. Sykes is James and Patricia Kowal Professor of Law at Stanford Law School

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"...Irwin (Darthmouth College, Free Trade Under Fire, CH, Mar'03, 40-4109), Mavroidis (Columbia Law School), and Sykes (Stanford Law School) provide an informative historical account of the creation and evolution of the GATT, which is a cornerstone of of the economic architecture after WW II was intended to establish a rules-based system in the trade sector to parallel the rules-based IMF structure in monetary system...excellent bibliography...Highly Recommended..."
—I. Walter, New York University, CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521142069
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/29/2009
Series:
American Law Institute Reporters Studies on WTO Law Series
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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