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The Political Economy of the World Trading System: WTO and Beyond

Bernard Hoekman and Michel Kostecki


This book analyses the multilateral trading system's principles, rules, and procedures. It is not a legal text. It aims instead to provide an accessible (non‐technical) description of the rules of the game and a policy‐oriented economic assessment of the disciplines that have been negotiated by WTO members. The book provides a brief historical overview of the evolution of the trading system; the organizational structure and functions of the WTO; the dispute settlement and enforcement provisions; and the role of the WTO as a forum for negotiations, with special attention given to the importance ... More

Keywords: agriculture, anti‐dumping, contingent protection, dispute settlement, enforcement, intellectual property, political economy of trade policy, reciprocity, regional integration, safeguards, services, trade negotiations, WTO

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294313
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019829431X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Hoekman, author
Centre for Economic Policy Research

Michel Kostecki, author
Université de Neuchâtel
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