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The GATT and the regulation of trade barrier: regime dynamics and functions


  • Finalyzson, Jock A.
  • Zacher, Mark W.


Since the Second World War complex and changing sets of norms and rules have governed trade relations among most countries. They have largely originated from a unique and accidental international organization, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). We have labeled these norms, rules, and decision-making mechanisms the GATT regime or global trade barriers regime. The importance that GATT members have attached to certain norms has shaped the regime's procedural mechanisms, rules, and implementation of rules. Classifying those norms as sovereignty or interdependence norms, we posit that the strength or autonomy of the regime can be established by analyzing the prominence of the interdependence norms in the issue area. We close by exploring some of the functions of the regime in international trade and political relations.

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  • Finalyzson, Jock A. & Zacher, Mark W., 1981. "The GATT and the regulation of trade barrier: regime dynamics and functions," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 35(4), pages 561-602, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:intorg:v:35:y:1981:i:04:p:561-602_03

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