The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 26, 2005

byAmrita Narlikar

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is scarcely ten years old, but even in these early years of its existence it has generated debate, controversy and even outrage. Rulings on beef hormones and tuna-dolphin cases provide graphic examples of how the organization regulates and intrudes into areasof individual consumer choice, ethical preferences, and cultural habits. This deep and far-ranging impact of the WTO on peoples' everyday lives means that it is not just an institution of interest to economists, but to everyone, a fact that was perhaps most graphically illustrated in the populardemonstrations at the 1999 Seattle Ministerial. Such protests have become a regular feature associated with most high-level meetings of the WTO. This VSI will provide a timely and carefully considered explanation of what the WTO is, what it does, and how it goes about executing its tasks. A clear understanding of the mandate, structure and functioning of the WTO is essential to appreciate the controversy behind the organization, and how farit deserves the reputation that it has come to acquire.

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is scarcely ten years old, but even in these early years of its existence it has generated debate, controversy and even outrage. Rulings on beef hormones and tuna-dolphin cases provide graphic examples of how the organization regulates and intrudes into areasof individual consumer choice, ethical pref...

Amrita Narlikar is University Lecturer in International Relations at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge. She held a lectureship at the University of Exeter (2003-04) and a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College, Oxford (1999-2003). Her research interests lie in the areas of trade negotiations, develo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.4 inPublished:September 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192806084

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AcknowledgementsPreface1. Who Needs an International Trade Organization and Why?2. The Formation of the World Trade Organization3. Decision Making and Negotiation Processes in the WTO4. The Mandate of the WTO5. Enforcing the Agreements: Dispute Settlement and the WTO6. The Doha Development Agenda7. The Burden of GovernanceReferencesFurther Reading

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"The author obviously knows her subject...she succeeds well in giving an account of the organization that is both accessible and engaging... If this is the first thing that a student reads on the WTO, then he or she will be well launched into their enquiry." --Professor Tony Payne, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield.