Journal Article

Coherence and the WTO

L. Alan Winters

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 23, issue 3, pages 461-480
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grm019
Coherence and the WTO

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Coherence between the WTO and the Bretton Woods Institutions (a formal WTO objective) has achieved some minor goals but has been expensive in terms of direct costs and inefficiencies in policy-making and policy debate. The so-called Integrated Framework has achieved relatively little and aid for trade has yet to be fully established. There is little role for the WTO in development and aid policy other than its traditional job of facilitating trade growth, and so its role in aid-for-trade is unclear. Coherence, especially when interpreted as allowing developing countries to avoid trade liberalization in the name of development, has confused and weakened the Doha Round of WTO negotiations.

Keywords: WTO; coherence; aid for trade; integrated framework; world trading system; F13; F53; O19; F02

Journal Article.  11148 words. 

Subjects: International Trade ; International Relations and International Political Economy ; Economic Development ; International Economics

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