The WTO in crisis: exploring the dimensions of institutional inertia

Wilkinson, Rorden (2001) The WTO in crisis: exploring the dimensions of institutional inertia. Journal of World Trade, 35 (3). pp. 397-419. ISSN 1011-6702

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The failure of the Seattle Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to launch a much hyped Millennium Round of trade negotiations has attracted a good deal of journalistic and scholarly comment. Beyond this, some debate exist as to whether the WTO also ought to deal with pushing the trade agenda forward as well as addressing a range of social and environmental issues. A different reading of the sources of the WTO's current inertia is offered by placing Seattle within the context of the evolution of post-war international trade regulation. Utilizing an analytical framework extracted from comparative and international politics - historical institutionalism - it argues that the roots of the WTO's intertia lie not with The Seattle Ministerial Meeting, nor even with the post-Uruguay era, but with the creation of institutionalized trade regulation in the post-war period.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Nadya Herrera Catalan
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2015 07:43
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 05:12
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