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The World Trade Organization: A Very Short Introduction

Amrita Narlikar

08 September 2005

ISBN: 9780192806086

176 pages

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Very Short Introductions

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The WTO has a deep and far reaching impact on people's everyday lives, and in its short lifetime has generated debate, controversy and outrage. This VSI provides an essential and accessible explanation of the political, economic, and ethical controversies: What the WTO is, what it does, and whether it works.

  • Answers questions such as 'who needs the WTO, and why?'
  • Does not shy away from the controversy surrounding the organization, and addresses the question of whether it deserves the reputation it has come to acquire.
  • Will appeal to readers with interests in economics, international relations, human rights, and the environment.
  • Relies on extensive primary research involving WTO documents and interviews.

About the Author(s)

Amrita Narlikar, University Lecturer in International Relations at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

    1:Who Needs an International Trade Organization and Why?
    2:The Formation of the World Trade Organization
    3:Decision Making and Negotiation Processes in the WTO
    4:The Mandate of the WTO
    5:Enforcing the Agreements: Dispute Settlement and the WTO
    6:The Doha Development Agenda
    7:The Burden of Governance
    Further Reading


'Narlikar's engagement with public debates is exemplary - a task too rarely attempted by critical scholars in this area. This book is a timely rejoinder to the fledgling study of global governance. An exceptional introduction to the WTO, it also succeeds in doing much more than is says on the tin.' - Craig Berry, Political Studies Review

'The author obviously knows her subject...she succeeds well in giving an account of the organization that is both accessible and engaging... If this is the first thing that a student reads on the WTO, then he or she will be well launched into their enquiry.' - Professor Tony Payne, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield.