Regional Rules in the Global Trading System

Regional Rules in the Global Trading System

by Antoni Estevadeordal
     
 

The proliferation of regional trade agreements (RTAs) over the past two decades has highlighted the need to look closely at the potential conflicts between regional and WTO rules or disciplines. A major obstacle to advancing understanding of RTAs is the absence of detailed information about their contents. This has limited the debate between those who view RTAs as

Overview

The proliferation of regional trade agreements (RTAs) over the past two decades has highlighted the need to look closely at the potential conflicts between regional and WTO rules or disciplines. A major obstacle to advancing understanding of RTAs is the absence of detailed information about their contents. This has limited the debate between those who view RTAs as discriminatory instruments hostage to protectionist interests and those who see them as conducive to multilateral trade opening. This book provides detailed analysis of RTA rules in six key areas - market access, technical barriers to trade, contingent protection, investment, services and competition policy - across dozens of the main RTAs in the world. The analysis helps to provide new insights into the interplay between regional and multilateral trade rules, advances understanding of the economic effects of RTAs and contributes to the discussion on how to deal with the burgeoning number of RTAs.

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'The volume makes a useful contribution to existing literature and will be of interest not only to a policy audience, but also to researchers.' The Journal of World Trade Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521759342
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Antoni Estevadeordal is Manager at the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington.

Kati Suominen is an International Trade Specialist at the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington.

Robert Teh is a Counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization.

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