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The Liberalizing International Trade After Doha: Multilateral, Plurilateral, Regional, and Unilateral Initiatives


ISBN13: 9781107034204
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9781107476585



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After ten years the Doha Development Round is effectively dead. Although some have suggested that Doha's demise threatens the continued existence of the GATT/WTO system, even with some risks of increasing protectionism, the United States, the European Union, Japan, Brazil, China and India, among others, have too much to lose to make abandoning the WTO a rational option. There are alternatives to a comprehensive package of new or amended multilateral agreements, including existing and future 'plurilateral' trade agreements, new or revised regional trade agreements covering both goods and services, and liberalized national trade laws and regulations in the WTO member nations. This book discusses these alternatives, which although less than ideal, may provide an impetus for continuing trade liberalization both among willing members and in some instances worldwide.

Subjects:
International Trade
Contents:
1. Introduction - pursuing trade liberalization in a post-Doha world
2. The world trading system under GATT and the WTO, 1947-2012
3. The Doha Round failure and the demise of the "single undertaking"
4. Assisting developing nations with duty-free, quota-free market access, trade facilitation, and related initiatives
5. Preserving the environment: fisheries subsidies and trade in environmental goods
6. New and expanded plurilateral agreements (part I)
7. New and expanded plurilateral agreements (part II) - an international services agreement
8. Continued proliferation of regional trade agreements
9. Widening and deepening (or disregarding) existing RTAs
10. Concluding new and pending RTAs (part I)
11. Concluding new and pending RTAs (part II): trans-pacific partnership
12. Unilateral approaches to trade and market liberalization
13. Conclusions and the crystal ball.