Trade Policy Flexibility and Enforcement in the WTO: A Law and Economics Analysis by Simon A. B. SchroppTrade Policy Flexibility and Enforcement in the WTO: A Law and Economics Analysis by Simon A. B. Schropp

Trade Policy Flexibility and Enforcement in the WTO: A Law and Economics Analysis

bySimon A. B. Schropp

Hardcover | September 14, 2009

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an incomplete contract among sovereign countries. Trade policy flexibility mechanisms are designed to deal with contractual gaps, which are the inevitable consequence of this contractual incompleteness. Trade policy flexibility mechanisms are backed up by enforcement instruments which allow for punishment of illegal extra-contractual conduct. This book offers a legal and economic analysis of contractual escape and punishment in the WTO. It assesses the interrelation between contractual incompleteness, trade policy flexibility mechanisms, contract enforcement, and WTO Members' willingness to co-operate and to commit to trade liberalization. It contributes to the body of WTO scholarship by providing a systematic assessment of the weaknesses of the current regime of escape and punishment in the WTO, and the systemic implications that these weaknesses have for the international trading system, before offering a reform agenda that is concrete, politically realistic, and systemically viable.
Title:Trade Policy Flexibility and Enforcement in the WTO: A Law and Economics AnalysisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:378 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:September 14, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521761204

ISBN - 13:9780521761208

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: trade policy flexibility in the WTO - vice or virtue?; Part I. An Introduction to Incomplete Contracting: 2. Complete contracts, and the contracting ideal; 3. Incomplete contracting, and the essence of flexibility; Part II. Theorizing About the WTO as an Incomplete Contract: 4. Adding context: the WTO as an incomplete contract; 5. Analyzing the system of non-performance in the WTO; Part III. Flexibility and Enforcement in the WTO: Towards an Agenda for Reform: 6. Theorizing about the 'WTO' as an efficient 'breach' contract; 7. Towards an efficient 'breach' contract: an agenda for reform.

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'Schropp's work ... is a very welcome input to an ongoing discussion regarding the shaping of the multilateral trading system. Simon Schropp is on top of the literature, and this volume displays it in excellent manner.' Petros C. Mavroidis, Columbia Law School, New York, University of Neuchâtel, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)