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Decision-Making in the WTO


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  • Jeffrey J. Schott

    (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  • Jayashree Watal

    (Peterson Institute for International Economics)


Seattle will be remembered as the city where street demonstrations stopped global trade talks cold. But the Seattle protesters don't deserve such notoriety. The meeting actually fell victim to serious substantive disagreements among the member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the prospective agenda for new trade talks. These policy differences probably could have been bridged, if the WTO's decision-making process had not broken down. Much of the damage to the WTO was self-inflicted.

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Paper provided by Peterson Institute for International Economics in its series Policy Briefs with number PB00-2.

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Date of creation: Mar 2000
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Handle: RePEc:iie:pbrief:pb00-02

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  1. Lajtos, Ildikó, 2010. "Verhandlungsverhalten und Anspruchsanpassung im internationalen Verhandlungsprozess: Die WTO-Agrarverhandlungen zum Abbau exportwettbewerbsfördernder Maßnahmen," Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Central and Eastern Europe, Leib­niz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), volume 55, number 94723.
  2. Calestous Juma and Jayashree Watal, 2001. "Global Governance and Technology," Human Development Occasional Papers (1992-2007), Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) HDOCPA-2001-05, Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  3. Euan MacMillan, 2009. "Explaining rising regionalism and failing multilateralism: Consensus decision-making and expanding WTO membership," Working Papers, School Of Economics, University College Dublin 200916, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  4. Euan MacMillan, 2009. "Explaining Rising Regionalism and Failing Multilateralism: Consensus Decision-making and Expanding WTO membership," Working Papers, School Of Economics, University College Dublin 200921, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  5. Jens Scherpenberg, 2003. "Whither Euro-American leadership in the WTO?," Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, Springer, Springer, vol. 38(5), pages 235-237, September.
  6. Cristina Veronica Andreescu & Roxana Corina Sfetea, 2013. "EU-US Trade Relationship," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 5(4), pages 62-66, December.
  7. Thomas A. Zimmermann, 2005. "WTO Dispute Settlement at Ten: Evolution, Experiences, and Evaluation," International Trade, EconWPA 0504003, EconWPA.


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