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Developing Countries and the Multilateral Trade Regime: The Failure and Promise of the WTOs' Development Mission

ISBN13: 9781849460309
Published: August 2010
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00

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This book explores the way in which 'development' has functioned within the multilateral trade regime since de-colonisation.

In particular, it investigates the shift from early approaches to development under the GATT to current approaches to development under the WTO. It argues that a focus on the creation and transformation of a scientific apparatus that links forms of knowledge about the so-called Third World with forms of power and intervention is crucial for understanding the six decades long development enterprise of both the GATT and the WTO.

The book is both topical and necessary given the emphasis on the current round of negotiations of the WTO. The Doha 'Development' Round has been premised on two assumptions.

Firstly, that the international community has undertaken an unprecedented effort to address the imbalances of the multilateral trading regime with respect to the position of its developing country members. Secondly, that its successful conclusion represents an historic imperative and a political necessity for developing countries.

Through a sustained analysis of the interaction between development thinking and trade practices, the book questions both assumptions by showing how development has always occupied a central position within the multilateral trading regime. Thus, rather than asking the question of what needs to be done in order to achieve 'development', the book examines the way in which development has operated and still operates to produce important, and often unacknowledged, power relations.

Series: Studies in International Trade Law

Legitimacy of the World Trade Organisation ISBN 9781849463737
To be published April 2017
Hart Publishing
£37.49 + £7.50 VAT
£70.82 + £14.17 VAT
Free Trade and Cultural Diversity in International Law (eBook) ISBN 9781782251163
Published April 2013
Hart Publishing
£45.82 + £9.17 VAT
Free Trade and Cultural Diversity in International Law ISBN 9781849464253
Published April 2013
Hart Publishing
£54.16 + £10.83 VAT
Redefining Sovereignty in International Economic Law ISBN 9781841137018
Published April 2008
Hart Publishing
Human Rights Impact of the World Trade Organisation ISBN 9781841136936
Published July 2007
Hart Publishing
The Power to Protect: Trade, Health and Uncertainty in the WTO ISBN 9781841134826
Published December 2004
Hart Publishing