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WTO: a discordant orchestra

By: Bhaumik, T.K.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Sage Publications 2006Description: 248 p.ISBN: 0761935053.Subject(s): General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Organization) World Trade Organization | Doha Development Agenda (2001) | Free trade | Foreign trade regulation | Free trade - Developing countriesDDC classification: 382.92 Summary: This book takes stock of the WTO and reviews its functioning since its establishment in 1995. It narrates the story of the WTO with a view to finding a solution to the unproductive conflicts hampering its functioning. The author ably captures the tensions within the WTO as also the developments which have given rise to these complex conflicts. While the author maintains that the biggest challenge facing the WTO is the North-South discord, he also highlights the frequent emergence of South-South and North-North conflicts. The book presents a chronological description of developments within the WTO (till the most recent ministerial round at Hong Kong in November 2005) which have been shaped by the tug-of-war between various interest groups. The book concludes by summing up the key issues and stresses that they need to be addressed and resolved in order to ensure effective multilateralism and a stronger WTO regime. Providing an informed perspective on an issue that is of immense topical relevance, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of development studies, planning, and international relations. This book will also be useful to policy makers and those working in international development agencies.
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This book takes stock of the WTO and reviews its functioning since its establishment in 1995. It narrates the story of the WTO with a view to finding a solution to the unproductive conflicts hampering its functioning. The author ably captures the tensions within the WTO as also the developments which have given rise to these complex conflicts. While the author maintains that the biggest challenge facing the WTO is the North-South discord, he also highlights the frequent emergence of South-South and North-North conflicts. The book presents a chronological description of developments within the WTO (till the most recent ministerial round at Hong Kong in November 2005) which have been shaped by the tug-of-war between various interest groups. The book concludes by summing up the key issues and stresses that they need to be addressed and resolved in order to ensure effective multilateralism and a stronger WTO regime. Providing an informed perspective on an issue that is of immense topical relevance, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of development studies, planning, and international relations. This book will also be useful to policy makers and those working in international development agencies.

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