Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization by Tania VoonCultural Products and the World Trade Organization by Tania Voon

Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization

byTania Voon

Paperback | February 17, 2011

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Debate about trade and culture has a long history, but the application of WTO rules to cultural products such as films, radio, and books remains one of the most divisive issues in the organization. After assessing the economic and social arguments for treating cultural products differently from things like steel or wheat, this 2007 book explains how the vastly different views of WTO members in earlier negotiations led to an outcome that is disappointing for all. It goes on to provide a comprehensive evaluation of possible solutions, including evolution of the law through WTO dispute settlement, an agreement outside the WTO, and reforms to improve the balance between trade liberalization and cultural policy objectives.
Title:Cultural Products and the World Trade OrganizationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:344 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:February 17, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521184053

ISBN - 13:9780521184052

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Table of Contents

Part I. Stalemate and its Ideological Origins: 1. Trade and culture; 2. A case study of cultural products: protectionism vs cultural policy; 3. What's wrong with the current treatment of cultural products?; Part II. Options for the Future: 4. Resolution through dispute settlement and international law; 5. Constructing a new agreement outside the WTO; 6. Improving the existing WTO agreements; 7. Conclusion.

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"...the first, and so far the only, book-length publication in English on the WTO and cultural products....This book is not biased in favor of trade or culture. Voon presents some solutions that should be acceptable to both sides, citing international trade treaties and other materials extensively, while explaining the reasons for different countries' arguments....A discussion of a highly specialized topic..." --Yuxin Li, Law Library Journal