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Sonia E. Rolland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600885.001.0001

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The Doha Round: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

The Doha Round: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?

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(p.243) 10 The Doha Round: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?
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Development at the World Trade Organization
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Sonia E. Rolland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600885.003.0011

Hindsight will tell us for certain whether the Doha Round will ever live up to its promises, but throughout the Round, it has been clear that despite developing countries' unprecedented level of participation, there has been no new approach to addressing development issues at the WTO. Most of the proposals submitted by developing countries are strikingly similar in form and content to existing special and differential treatment provisions, and are likely to be equally fraught with failure. Perhaps even more importantly, there has been little questioning of the institutional and systemic issues alongside trade commitments in agriculture, NAMA and services negotiations. The combination of limited institutional opportunities and inadequate trade commitments determines developing members' positions at the WTO, but attempting to change trade commitments without rebalancing the institutional process is bound to fail.

Keywords:   special and differential treatment, standards, accountability, policy space, exceptions, waivers, transitional time period, agriculture, preferences

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