Год издания: 2004
Количество страниц: 328
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The Governance of World Trade focuses on the roles, influence and impacts of the so-called `GATT operatives' or WTO practitioners. It is widely assumed that they have little influence on decisions and policies made, but, according to the authors, the GATT/WTO Secretariat has played an active role in promoting multilateral cooperation. This unique study of the internal operation of the GATT/WTO argues that the invisible yet indispensable international civil servants are the permanent machinery within the institution. They have, the authors ascertain, an important coordinating function and act according to a specific scale of values that transcend those of individual states, providing the continuity and the cement, the credibility and the connection among self-interest-driven states. The book concludes that as one of the most `democratic' international organizations, operating on the principle of consensus, the WTO needs a creative Secretariat as a necessary condition for...