Asymmetric Trade Negotiations
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The slow pace of the Doha Round has boosted the proliferation of regional and bilateral trade agreements. Paradoxically, the more powerful actors, the US and the European Union, who at the same time have benefited the most from the multilateral system, have also been engaged in bilateral and regional negotiations in order to sign WTO-plus agreements with developing countries.
Combining a clear theoretical exposition with systematic cross-regional analysis, 'Asymmetric Trade Negotiations' offers a coherent picture of strategic, design and political economy aspects of North-South trade negotiation processes, from African, Asian and Latin American perspectives. Skilled area specialists gather to provide negotiators and policy makers in the South with recommendations, best practices, and benchmarks and contribute to the understanding of these recent processes.
'Power dynamics and competing interests in international trade negotiations are a vexing problem at the heart of global and regional trade agendas. The multi-regional and comparative cases in the volume allow a nuanced understanding of the intricacies of negotiations among asymmetrical trade partners. It is an important contribution to the debate on the architecture of global economic institutions, as well as the future of the global trade agenda.'
José Raúl Perales, The George Washington University, USA