Deadlocks in Multilateral Negotiations: Causes and Solutions

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Amrita Narlikar
Cambridge University Press, May 6, 2010 - Political Science
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Deadlocks are a feature of everyday life, as well as high politics. This volume focuses on the concept, causes, and consequences of deadlocks in multilateral settings, and analyses the types of strategies that could be used to break them. It commences with a definition of deadlock, hypothesises about its occurrence, and proposes solutions. Each chapter then makes an original contribution to the issue of deadlock – theoretical, methodological, or empirical – and further tests the original concepts and hypotheses, either theoretically or through case-study analysis, developing or altering them accordingly. This is a unique volume which provides an in-depth examination of the problem of deadlock and a more thorough understanding of specific negotiation problems than has ever been done before. It will be directly relevant to students, researchers, teachers, and scholars of negotiation and will also be of interest to practitioners involved in negotiation and diplomacy.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Disciplinary insights
23
1 The politics of deadlocks
25
multilateral deadlocks in historical perspective
47
3 Talking ones way out of strikes
79
the WTO the EU and the UN
96
Part II Case studies
121
domestic politics and the difficulty of compromise
123
the United States in climate change negotiations
164
the UN Security Council
188
9 Negotiating international policies on Kosovo
210
the importance of mediation and leadership change
232
lessons learned
254
Bibliography
280
Index
307
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uncertainty and deadlock in the WTO
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Amrita Narlikar is University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Darwin College. She is the author of International Trade and Developing Countries: Bargaining Coalitions in the GATT and WTO (2003) and The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction (2005), and is co-editor of Leadership and Change in the Multilateral Trading System (2009).

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