- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Abbreviations
- About the Contributors
- The Case For a Multilateral Trade Organization
- The Inconsistent Quartet: Free Trade Versus Competing Goals
- Trade Liberalization And Domestic Politics
- The International Trade Organization
- The Expanding Mandate Of The Gatt: The First Seven Rounds
- The Uruguay Round Negotiations and the Creation of the WTO
- The Role of the Director-General and the Secretariat
- Defining the Borders of the WTO Agenda
- Collective Agency, Systemic Consequences: Bargaining Coalitions in the WTO
- The Influence of the EU in the World Trade System
- The Role of the United States: A Multilevel Explanation For Decreased Support Over Time
- The Role of the Brics in the WTO: System-Supporters or Change Agents in Multilateral Trade?
- Least-Developed Countries In The WTO: Growing Voice
- Awkward Partners: NGOs And Social Movements At The WTO
- What Happened To The Influence Of Business? Corporations and Organized Labour In The WTO
- Trade In Manufactures And Agricultural Products: The Dangerous Link?
- Trade In Services In The WTO: From Marrakesh (1994), To Doha (2001), to… (?)
- Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights
- Flexibilities, Rules, And Trade Remedies In The Gatt/WTO System
- Regulatory Measures
- The Trade Policy Review Mechanism
- Dispute Settlement Mechanism—Analysis And Problems
- The Dispute Settlement Mechanism At The WTO: The Appellate Body—Assessment And Problems
- WTO Judicial Interpretation
- The Dispute Settlement Mechanism: Ensuring Compliance?
- Persistent Deadlock In Multilateral Trade Negotiations: The Case Of Doha
- The Role Of Domestic Courts In The Implementation Of WTO Law: The Political Economy Of Separation Of Powers And Checks And Balances In International Trade Regulation
- Preferential Trading Arrangements
- New Trade Issues In Food, Agriculture, And Natural Resources
- Fairness In The WTO Trading System
- Labour Standards And Human Rights
- Trade And The Environment
- Proposals For WTO Reform: A Synthesis And Assessment
- The WTO And Institutional (In)Coherence In Global Economic Governance
Abstract and Keywords
This article explores institutional cooperation in global economic governance to address two fundamental questions: Where do the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) overlap or compete with those of other institutions? What explains institutional coherence/incoherence between the WTO and other international organizations? It analyses the relationship of the WTO with different institutions, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, and different issue areas, ranging from finance and aid, to intellectual property rights, and environmental and social regulations. The article argues that, in certain areas, which parties have directly targeted to facilitate trade liberalization, the WTO has a regulatory role to play in cooperation with other relevant institutions. But in areas such as social and environmental regulation, where the goal of regulation is to ‘embed’ economic governance in broader societal goals, coherence would be best achieved if states ensured that WTO rules continued to leave space for a global division of labour and allowed alternative institutions to do the regulating.
Keywords: institutional cooperation, economic governance, institutional coherence, Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, environmental regulation, finance, aid, intellectual property rights, trade liberalization
Steven Bernstein is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Director, Master of Global Affairs, at the University of Toronto.
Erin Hannah is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, King's University College, at the University of Western Ontario.
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