Rorden Wilkinson explores the factors behind the collapse of World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerials – as in Seattle in 1999 and Cancun in 2003 – and asks why such events have not significantly disrupted the development of the multilateral trading system.
He argues that the political conflicts played out during such meetings, their occasional collapse and the reasons why such events have so far not proven detrimental to the development of the multilateral trading system can be explained by examining the way in which the institution was created and has developed through time.
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This book will be of interest to scholars and students of international politics, economics and law
1. The WTO, Crisis and the Governance of Global Trade 2. Forging Multilateral Trade Regulation: The Post-War Settlement and the Rise of the GATT 3. Establishing Asymmetry: Liberalising Trade under the GATT 4. Fashioning the WTO: Formalising Multilateral Trade Regulation 5. Perpetuating Asymmetry: The Collapse of Ministerial Meetings and the Doha Development Agenda 6. Conclusion