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Development at the World Trade Organization$
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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 Multiple Meanings of Development

The Multiple Meanings of Development

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(p.15) 1 The Multiple Meanings of Development
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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/9780199600885.003.0002

Despite its ubiquitous use in the international legal discourse, the precise meaning of “development” is elusive and has evolved over time. The purpose of this brief theoretical survey is to understand the influences that have driven normative, regulatory and institutional evolutions in the trade and development relationship. At one end of the spectrum, development has been largely equated with GDP growth; this macro-economic perspective has fuelled much of the Washington Consensus and the international organizations associated with it. At the other end of the spectrum, development is seen primarily as a human rights issue. In practice, the evolving blend of development economics and rights-based approaches has changed what we understand to be the substance of development in international and trade law.

Keywords:   right to development, sustainable development, rule of law, economics, structuralists, development economics, marxism, legal reform, developmental state, free trade, colonialism, development

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