The Doha Blues: Institutional Crisis and Reform in the WTO

Hardcover | November 19, 2009

byKent Jones

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The collapse of the Doha Round hangs heavily over an already troubled world economy. Some have concluded that this failure is simply the result of a lack of political will and a pre-occupation with issues such as terrorism. But as Kent Jones reveals in The Doha Blues, the World TradeOrganization needs serious structural changes, not just political backbone. He shows for instance that the WTO - now with 153 members - has become increasingly unwieldy in terms of concluding trade agreements and he suggests that countries organize around specific platform positions, a strategy thatwould make the "holy grail" of consensus once again possible. Jones also argues for financial support for poorer countries so that they can participate effectively in negotiations and he contends that the principle of the "single undertaking" (that "there is no agreement until everything is agreed")has become a serious and perhaps crippling constraint, and must be modified. Jones is a leading authority on trade policy and his book illuminates the real stumbling blocks to trade liberalization and highlights the way around them.

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The collapse of the Doha Round hangs heavily over an already troubled world economy. Some have concluded that this failure is simply the result of a lack of political will and a pre-occupation with issues such as terrorism. But as Kent Jones reveals in The Doha Blues, the World TradeOrganization needs serious structural changes, not ju...

Kent Jones is Professor of Economics at Babson College and the author of Who's Afraid of the WTO?

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:November 19, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195378822

ISBN - 13:9780195378825

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. The Problem and the Institutional Framework2. Institutional Friction in the Doha Development Round3. WTO Accession: The Hard Path to Universal Membership4. The WTO Green Room, Coalitions, and the Problem of Representation5. Developing Country Representation in Dispute Settlement6. Institutional Efficiency and Coherence in the Global Trading System7. Getting Over the Doha BluesNotesReferencesIndex