Whose Trade Organization?: A Field Guide to the World Trade Organization / Edition 2

Whose Trade Organization?: A Field Guide to the World Trade Organization / Edition 2

by Lori Wallach, Patrick Woodall
     
 

ISBN-10: 1565848411

ISBN-13: 9781565848412

Pub. Date: 04/12/2003

Publisher: New Press, The

Many people are surprised when they first learn that trade is only a small element of the World Trade Organization, but the WTO actually covers a huge array of subjects never before included in trade agreements. The new agreements that were born with the WTO almost nine years ago included 800-plus pages of rules that interfere with food safety standards,

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Overview

Many people are surprised when they first learn that trade is only a small element of the World Trade Organization, but the WTO actually covers a huge array of subjects never before included in trade agreements. The new agreements that were born with the WTO almost nine years ago included 800-plus pages of rules that interfere with food safety standards, environmental laws, social service polices, intellectual property standards, government procurement rules, and more.

Whose Trade Organization? is the definitive guide to the reign of this undemocratic “trade” regime that has sparked protests from Seattle to Quebec to Genoa. With case-by-case studies, the book exposes the lopsided agreements and secret tribunals that are the tools of the WTO’s trade, and reveals the aggressive corporate agenda at its core. This myth-busting guide explains cutting-edge conflicts over rainforest destruction, genetically modified foods, sweatshops, lifesaving drugs, and many other global issues. And it offers critical and timely prescriptions for challenging the WTO and building a public-centered, democratic alternative.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565848412
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/12/2003
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,433,567
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: It's Not About Trade1
Ch. 1The WTO's Environmental Impact: First, Gattzilla Ate Flipper19
Ch. 2The WTO's Coming to Dinner, and Food Safety Is Not On the Menu51
Ch. 3Warning: The WTO Can Be Hazardous to Public Health83
Ch. 4The WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services: Perpetual Servitude109
Ch. 5For Richer or Poorer: Facts and Fiction About Trade and Economic Gains in the Developed World139
Ch. 6The WTO and the Developing World: Do As We Say, Not As We Did158
Annex
Ch. 7The WTO on Agriculture: Food as a Commodity, Not a Right189
Ch. 8Human and Labor Rights Under the WTO219
Ch. 9The WTO's Operating Procedures and Enforcement System: World Government by Slow-Motion Coup D'Etat239
Ch. 10WTO and FTAA: Two Paths to the Same Disaster262
Conclusion: Another World is Possible282
Notes293
Index373

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