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From the Uruguay Round to the Doha Round: Changing Dynamics in Developing Countries’ Participation

Sonia E. Rolland

in Development at the World Trade Organization

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600885
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600885.003.0006

Series: International Economic Law Series

From the Uruguay Round to the Doha Round: Changing Dynamics in Developing Countries’ Participation

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Developing members' positions in the shaping of trade rules has evolved considerably since the advent of the WTO as they have seized institutional opportunities for leveraging their emerging power. These transformations inform their approach to the Doha “Development” Round and their proposals throughout the Round. In part, developing members' increased voice stems from their strategic alliances and coordination in coalitions. Notably, they have successfully captured parts of the negotiation agenda, which is key to delineating the disciplines and commitments that might come out of a negotiation round. This chapter explores the evolution of developing country participation and their positioning at critical institutional “moments:” the inception of a new round of negotiations, the definition of the agenda for negotiations, and the tabling of substantive proposals.

Keywords: singapore issues; negotiations; politics; seattle ministerial; doha round; coalitions; groups; participation; agenda; proposals

Chapter.  7345 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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