The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Sep 8, 2005 - Political Science - 168 pages
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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is scarcely ten years old, but even in these early years of its existence it has generated debate, controversy and even outrage. Rulings on beef hormones and tuna-dolphin cases provide graphic examples of how the organization regulates and intrudes into areas of individual consumer choice, ethical preferences, and cultural habits. This deep and far-ranging impact of the WTO on peoples' everyday lives means that it is not just an institution of interest to economists, but to everyone, a fact that was perhaps most graphically illustrated in the popular demonstrations at the 1999 Seattle Ministerial. Such protests have become a regular feature associated with most high-level meetings of the WTO. This VSI will provide a timely and carefully considered explanation of what the WTO is, what it does, and how it goes about executing its tasks. A clear understanding of the mandate, structure and functioning of the WTO is essential to appreciate the controversy behind the organization, and how far it deserves the reputation that it has come to acquire. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #135)

User Review  - Frank Stein - Goodreads

Again these Oxford "very short introduction" books show their worth. Narlikar's succinct, 138-page book answers all the basic questions one might have had about the WTO but were afraid to ask. First ... Read full review

Review: The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #135)

User Review  - Bojan Tunguz - Goodreads

Of the three major international financial organisations, The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and The World Trade Organization (WTO), the last one is by far the youngest, yet it ... Read full review


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Chapter 1Who needs an international trade organization?
Chapter 2The creation of the World Trade Organization
Chapter 3Decisionmaking and negotiation processes
Chapter 4The expanding mandate
Chapter 5Settling disputes
Chapter 6The Doha Development Agenda
Chapter 7The burden of governance
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