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International Economic Law and GovernanceEssays in Honour of Mitsuo Matsushita$
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Julien Chaisse and Tsai-yu Lin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778257

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778257.001.0001

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Rise of the Plurilaterals

Rise of the Plurilaterals

Threat or Opportunity for Multilateral Trade Governance

(p.411) 24 Rise of the Plurilaterals
International Economic Law and Governance

R V Anuradha

Oxford University Press

That countries will act in their sovereign economic interest is a foregone conclusion. That this is a function of various factors driving domestic economic policy goals is also an immutable factor that governs a country’s negotiating priorities. This chapter explores how country interests in the area of trade negotiations are being manifested in an increasing choice for moving towards plurilateral agreements. At the same time, the ideal of the WTO multilateral trade agreement cannot be substituted by any of the bilateral or plurilateral free trade agreements. This chapter examines this changing landscape of trade agreements and assesses the challenges it presents.

Keywords:   Environmental Goods Agreement, Information Technology Agreement, multilateral trade, plurilateral free trade agreements, Regional Cooperation of Economic Partnership Agreement, trade governance, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

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