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    World Trade Organization Institutional Development and Reform

    ISBN-10: 0230232574
    ISBN-13: 9780230232570
    Edition: 2010
    Author(s): Eberhard Bohne
    Description: This book is about how the WTO functions as a public organization. It analyzes and evaluates the WTO from a public administration perspective which is absent from the current debate on WTO reforms dominated by the traditional view that only nation  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2010
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    Publication Date: 1/20/2010
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 228
    Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.836
    Language: English

    This book is about how the WTO functions as a public organization. It analyzes and evaluates the WTO from a public administration perspective which is absent from the current debate on WTO reforms dominated by the traditional view that only nation states matter, not international organizations.

    List of Figures and Tables
    Preface
    Acronyms
    The WTO as an International Organization
    Introduction
    Issues: Effectiveness, equity, and legitimacy
    Research questions
    Approaches to the Analysis of International Organizations and the WTO
    Concepts of international organizations
    State-centered concepts
    Political systems theory
    Organizational analysis
    Network perspectives
    Studies on the WTO
    International relations perspective
    International law perspective
    Organizational perspective
    Practitioners' perspective
    Conclusions
    Conceptual Framework, Variables, and Method
    Conceptual framework
    A public administration perspective on international organizations
    Concepts of actor-centered institutionalism
    Focal, formal, and informal organizations
    Modes of governance
    Performance criteria
    Research variables
    Research methods
    Interviews
    Survey
    Legal analysis and literature review
    Adequacy and validity of methods
    WTO as a Public Formal Organization
    Agreements, membership, and principles
    Tasks
    Trade negotiations
    Implementation of trade agreements and technical assistance
    Trade policy review
    Dispute settlement
    Organizational structure
    Procedures
    Trade negotiations
    Implementation of trade agreements
    Trade policy review
    Dispute settlement
    Summary of formal WTO characteristics
    The WTO in Action
    Trade negotiations and related areas of activities
    Trade negotiations
    Technical assistance
    Research
    Implementation of trade agreements
    The role of the Secretariat
    Formal and informal decision making
    Trade policy review
    The role of the Secretariat
    Formal and informal decision making
    Dispute settlement
    The role of the Secretariat
    Formal and informal decision making
    The role of non-state actors
    The informal WTO
    The WTO as a hybrid actor
    Perspectives on the Secretariat
    Negotiations, technical assistance, and research
    Implementation, trade policy review, and dispute settlement
    Conclusions
    Performance Patterns of the WTO
    Effectiveness
    Task areas
    Explanatory factors
    Conclusions
    Equity
    Task areas
    Explanatory factors
    Conclusions
    Legitimacy
    Task areas
    Explanatory factors
    Conclusions
    Interdependencies between effectiveness, equity, and legitimacy
    Reform Perspectives and Proposals
    Overview of reform proposals
    Strengthening the Secretariat and Director General
    Developing the WTO structure
    Improving WTO relations with NGOs
    Formalizing structures and procedures in the area of trade negotiations
    Developing the dispute settlement system
    Assessment of reform proposals
    Strengthening the Secretariat and Director General
    Developing the WTO structure
    WTO relations with NGOs
    Formal elements in informal trade negotiations
    Developing the dispute settlement system
    Time to act
    Need to reform
    Strategy of reform
    Recommended reform measures
    Proposals for WTO reform which were evaluated by interview partners
    Survey Questionnaire
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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