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The WTO's Agenda: Environment and Labour Standards, Competition Policy and the Question of Regionalism

Jagdish N. Bhagwati

Title:
The WTO's Agenda: Environment and Labour Standards, Competition Policy and the Question of Regionalism
Author(s):
Bhagwati, Jagdish N.
Date:
Type:
Working papers
Department:
Economics
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Series:
Department of Economics Discussion Papers
Part Number:
725
Publisher:
Department of Economics, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
"The WTO must now confront the phenomenon of a proliferation of preferential trading arrangements, regional and non-regional Free Trade Areas, that characterize the world trading scene. It must seek a new equilibrium between the WTO and these arrangements, the former embodying nondiscrimination among trading nations while the latter are inherently preferential and discriminatory. This is not an issue that member nations are eager to put before the WTO any time. Yet it speaks to the very core of a free, open, multilateral trading system, as envisaged at the end of the Second World War and as, in fact, sought by many of us today; and the new leadership of the WTO must address it on its own initiative."
Subject(s):
Economics
International relations
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Suggested Citation:
Jagdish N. Bhagwati, 1995, The WTO's Agenda: Environment and Labour Standards, Competition Policy and the Question of Regionalism, Columbia University Academic Commons, http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:15618.

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