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The World Trade Organization: Changing Dynamics in the Global Political Economy

Anna Lanoszka
The World Trade Organization: Changing Dynamics in the Global Political Economy
ISBN: 978-1-58826-628-6
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2009/272 pages/LC: 2008048406
"A worthwhile read for everyone interested in the topic, whether an advocate or an opponent of the World Trade Organization."—Indira Gurbaxani, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung"Clear, interesting, and insightful.... This excellent contribution to the WTO literature will be invaluable for international political economy classes."—Susan Sell, George Washington University

DESCRIPTION

Providing context for the Doha Round stalemate, this comprehensive examination of the World Trade Organization covers all the basics: the WTO's history, its structure, and its practices and concerns.

Lanoszka begins with an overview of the world trading system since the end of World War II and explains the profound changes brought about by the establishment of the WTO. A discussion of the organization's structure, rules, membership criteria, and decisionmaking processes provides the foundation for an exploration of key issues that continue to be sources of international tension.

The rapidly growing global service economy is the topic of an entire chapter, as is the passionately debated subject of intellectual property rights. Emerging issues such as the environment, e-commerce, and the new roles of the developing countries also receive thorough attention.

The book concludes with a look at recent developments taking place in the WTO and, more broadly, in the world trade system.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anna Lanoszka is associate professor of international economic relations at the University of Windsor, Canada. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the Accessions Division of the World Trade Organization.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WTO.
  • Postwar Multilateralism: The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the Road to the Uruguay Road.
  • Establishment of the WTO: Principles, Structures, and Practices.
  • THE THREE PILLARS OF THE WTO.
  • Trade in Goods.
  • The Global Services Economy.
  • Intellectual Property.
  • EMERGING CONCERNS.
  • New Trade Issues on the WTO Agenda.
  • The Developing Countries in the Global Economy.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • The Future of the Expanding WTO.
  • Appendixes
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