The World Trade Organization Millennium Round: Freer Trade in the Twenty-First Century


The failure to launch a new round of multilateral trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization's Ministerial Conference in Seattle in December 1999 has clearly demonstrated that, at present, no clear perspective for the future course of international trade policies exists. The issues that may enter the agenda of a 'millennium round' under the auspices of the WTO therefore merit careful analysis of their likely economic, social and political impact.

THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION MILLENNIUM ROUND covers these substantive issues and the broader implications of a potential trade round. The contributors argue persuasively for meaningful reforms at both national and international levels, and a clear case for freer trade emerges from their analyses. This comprehensive and up-to-date volume provides:

-- a guide to the policies, interests and perspectives of the major players;

-- broad coverage of the economic issues and the politics involved in the various areas of international trade policymaking;

-- an analysis of the necessity and the likelihood of further liberalization in both old and new sectors as well as of systematic and institutional issues; and

-- recommendations for change urgently required to reform both the WTO as an organization and the international trading system in order to meet the demands of a global economy.

This book is a significant resource that will be indispensable to students, professionals and all people seeking to increase their understanding of this highly topical subject.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Bernhard Speyer
  • Klaus Günter Deutsch
  • Andreas Falke
  • Hiroya Ichikawa
  • Maki Kunimatsu
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 2001


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