WTO as an International Organization

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In this volume, some of the world's foremost authorities analyze the many challenges and opportunities confronting the WTO, addressing issues such as national policies, labor standards, and the environment. Presuming no technical background in economics, this is a comprehensive introduction to the WTO's place in the global economy and will appeal to anyone interested in world trade.
"[T]his book is a tour de force, with consistently fine papers by leading experts, and it is worthy of any bookshelf." —Joel P. Trachtman, American Journal of International Law

"This latest conference volume from the National Bureau of Economic Research is likely to be the definitive reference work on the WTO for years to come. . . . Specialists and non-specialists alike will gain a great deal from a careful reading of this impressive volume." —John Ravenhill, Australian Journal of Political Science

"For anyone who is interested in the further development of the rule system for the world economy, this book is a must." —Horst Siebert, Review of World Economics

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Several chapters analyze the WTO's institutional capacity directly, through such issues as the way national policies may influence or constrain the WTO, the difficulties of achieving coherence with the World Bank and the IMF, and the resources available to the WTO's secretariat in relation to the tasks it faces. Other topics include more contemporary policy issues facing the WTO, including how to bring services trade into an open multilateral framework, how dispute settlement mechanisms can be improved, and how labor standards and environmental issues may be addressed. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226454870
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Osiris Ser.
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

The Honorable K. Kesavapany
List of Abbreviations
Anne O. Krueger
I. The WTO's Institutional Capacity
1. The Capacity of the WTO to Fulfill Its Mandate
Richard Blackhurst
2. The WTO in Relation to the Fund and the Bank: Competencies, Agendas, and Linkages
David Vines
Comment: The Linkages of the World Bank with the GATT/WTO - Julio J. Nogués
3. International Agencies and Cross-Border Liberalization: The WTO in Context
David Henderson
Comment: Douglas Irwin
4. International Institutions and Domestic Policies: GATT, WTO, and the Liberalization of International Trade
Judith Goldstein
Comment: Jean Baneth
5. Designing and Implementing Effective Dispute Settlement Procedures: WTO Dispute Settlement, Appraisal and Prospects
John H. Jackson
6. The Untied States, the ITO, and the WTO: Exit Options, Agent Slack, and Presidential Leadership
II. Substantive Issues and Challenges
7. Domestic Policy Objectives and the Multilateral Trade Order: Lessons from the Past
Frieder Roessler
8. Environmental and Labor Standards: What Role for the WTO?
Kym Anderson
9. Greater Coherence in Global Economic Policymaking: A WTO Perspective
Gary P. Sampson
Comment: Jean Baneth
10. Reaching Effective Agreements Covering Services
Richard H. Snape
Comment: Robert E. Baldwin
11. Imposing Multilateral Discipline on Administered Protection
Robert E. Baldwin
12. Regionalism and the WTO: Is Nondiscrimination Passé?
T.N. Srinivasan
III. Issues of Concern to Particular Country Groupings
13. The Role of the WTO for Economies in Transition
Jaroslaw Pietras
Comment: Constantine Michalopoulos
14. What Can the WTO Do for Developing Countries?
J. Michael Finger and L. Alan Winters
Comment: Alan Hirsch
IV. Conclusions
15. An Agenda for the WTO
Anne O. Krueger
Conference Participants
Name Index
Subject Index

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