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Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce


Questions of power are central to understanding global trade politics and no account of the World Trade Organization (WTO) can afford to avoid at least an acknowledgment of the concept. A closer examination of power can help us to explain why the structures and rules of international commerce take their existing forms, how the actions of countries are either enabled or disabled, and what distributional outcomes are achieved. However, within conventional accounts, there has been a tendency to either view power according to a single reading – namely the direct, coercive sense – or to overlook th ... More

Keywords: power, symbolic power, Bourdieu, World Trade Organization, international trade, agriculture, international political economy, international relations, developing countries, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199662647
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Eagleton-Pierce, author
Lecturer in International Relations, University of Exeter