Journal Article

Five hypotheses concerning the fate of the Singapore issues in the Doha Round

Simon J. Evenett

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 23, issue 3, pages 392-414
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grm025
Five hypotheses concerning the fate of the Singapore issues in the Doha Round

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At the Cancún Ministerial Conference, the members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) disagreed on whether to launch negotiations on multilateral disciplines concerning the four areas of government policy collectively known as the ‘Singapore issues’. This amounted to a decision not to expand the WTO's boundaries along these dimensions. In this paper, five hypotheses concerning the treatment of the Singapore issues by the WTO's membership are described and assessed. The implications of this assessment for the likelihood that, at some future date, similar proposals can be successfully advanced in the multilateral trade arena are also discussed.

Keywords: WTO; Doha Round; Singapore issues; F13

Journal Article.  12467 words. 

Subjects: International Trade

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