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Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization

ISBN-10: 0521873274

ISBN-13: 9780521873277

Edition: 2007

Authors: Tania Voon

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Debate about trade and culture has a long history, but the application of WTO rules to cultural products such as films, radio and books remains one of the most divisive issues in the organisation. After assessing the economic and social arguments for treating cultural products differently from things like steel or wheat, this book explains how the vastly different views of WTO Members in earlier negotiations led to an outcome that is disappointing for all. It goes on to provide a comprehensive evaluation of possible solutions, including evolution of the law through WTO dispute settlement, a new agreement outside the WTO, or reforms to improve the balance between trade liberalisation and cultural policy objectives. As UNESCO recently adopted a new convention affecting trade and cultural diversity and the WTO's Doha round of negotiations has stalled, the need for such an evaluation is all the more pressing.
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Book details

List price: $170.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/28/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Detailed chapter outline
Table of GATT/WTO agreements
Table of GATT/WTO cases
Table of abbreviations
GATT/WTO agreements
GATT/WTO cases
Other abbreviations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Stalemate and its ideological origins
Trade and culture
A case study of cultural products: protectionism vs cultural policy
What's wrong with the current treatment of cultural products?
Options for the future
Resolution through dispute settlement and international law
Constructing a new agreement outside the WTO
Improving the existing WTO agreements
Conclusion
Bibliography
Non-WTO agreements, cases, statutes, and treaties
Other official documents and reports
Articles, books, chapters, and papers
Index