Behind the Scenes at the WTO: The Real World of International Trade Negotiations

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9781842773116: Behind the Scenes at the WTO: The Real World of International Trade Negotiations

The economic prospects of developing and developed countries alike are being shaped by the international negotiations in progress at the World Trade Organization (WTO) about trade, services, investment and intellectual property rights. Based on interviews with people actually participating, this book lifts the shroud of secrecy surrounding these negotiations. What emerges is a disturbing picture that contradicts commonly held assumptions about the WTO, namely, that negotiations don't allow full participation by poor countries; that the EU and US dominate the agenda; that poor countries are often betrayed in the final outcomes.

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About the Author:

Fatoumata Jawara is a freelance international trade and development analyst and researcher, currently working on the political dynamics of the World Trade Organization and its impact on poverty reduction.

Aileen Kwa is Research Associate at Focus on the Global South.

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'This timely book effectively counters the myth that developing countries are well-served by the WTO and usefully exposes the often brutish methods employed by the world's powerful states to impose their agenda on the poorest.' Mark Curtis, Christian Aid 'Jawara and Kwa have written the essential first chapter in what is sure to be the WTO`s fascinating history.' International Affairs, July 2004 'Behind the scenes at the WTO is a richly detailed look at how the United States and other developed countries exercise power in the World Trade Organization, from the controversial ministerial meetings at Doha, Qatar, in 2001 to the equally contentious Cancun meetings in 2003. Based on extensive interviews both with delegations from member countries and with staff in Geneva, it tells the raw truth about how the developed countries get their way despite some trappings of debate, negotiation, and democracy.' Review of Radical Political Economics

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