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The Doha BluesInstitutional Crisis and Reform in the WTO$
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Kent Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378825.001.0001

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The WTO Green Room, Coalitions, and the Problem of Representation

The WTO Green Room, Coalitions, and the Problem of Representation

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The Doha Blues

Kent Jones

Oxford University Press

A prominent feature in WTO decision making involves how a final agreement is based on consensus or its members accepting and agreeing upon a certain agreement that seems better than any other alternative. Attaining this is difficult as the WTO is a large organization, and members willingly join a consensus if they believe it will be the most beneficial, even if it is not what they really want. “Green Room” and other such small group meetings with delegates from different countries are used to facilitate WTO deliberations. However, after experiencing setbacks like breakdowns in negotiations, the suspension of the Doha Round, and times when negotiations were not recovered, the WTO decision making process has become the object of debate.

Keywords:   WTO, decision making, consensus, Green Room, Doha Round, deliberations

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