Research and analysis
Edited by Ann Capling
University of Melbourne
World Trade Organization, Geneva
One of the most pressing issues confronting the multilateral trade system is the challenge posed by the rapid proliferation of preferential trade agreements. Plenty has been written about why governments might choose to negotiate preferentially or multilaterally, but until now it has been written almost exclusively from the perspective of governments. We know very little about how non-state actors view this issue of ‘forum choice', nor how they position themselves to influence choices by governments about whether to emphasize PTAs or the WTO. This book addresses that issue squarely through case studies of trade policy-making and forum choice in eight developing countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Kenya, Jordan, Indonesia and Thailand. The case studies are based on original research by the authors, including interviews with state and non-state actors involved in the trade policy-making process in the eight countries of this study.
• Examines the interaction between governments and non-state actors and the impact of these interactions on trade policy-making, thus filling a gap in our understanding of what is driving preferential trade agreement (PTA) activity and how non-state actors see the benefits of PTAs vis-à-vis the WTO
• Case studies are based on original research by the authors, including interviews with state and non-state actors involved in the trade policy-making process in the eight countries of this study
• Case studies follow the same template and address the same questions, allowing for easy comparison between countriesPublished in September 2010 | 368 pages | 228 x 152 mm | Weight: 0.800 kg
Introduction; 1. The domestic politics of trade policy-making: state and non-state actor interactions and forum choice Ann Capling and Patrick Low; 2. Chile Sebastián Herreros; 3. Colombia Hernando J. Gómez and Javier Gamboa; 4. Mexico Jaime Zabludovsky and Linda Pasquel; 5. Indonesia Alexander C. Chandra and Lutfiyah Hanim; 6. Thailand Thitinan Pongsudhirak; 7. Jordan Riad Al Khouri; 8. Kenya Njuguna Ng'ethe and Jacob Omolo; 9. South Africa Peter Draper, Tsidiso Disenyana and Gilberto Biacuana; 10. The influence of international non-state actors in multilateral and preferential trade agreements: a question of forum shopping? Maria Perez-Esteve; 11. Main findings and conclusions Ann Capling and Patrick Low.
Ann Capling, Patrick Low, Sebastián Herreros, Hernando J. Gómez, Javier Gamboa, Jaime Zabludovsky, Linda Pasquel, Alexander C. Chandra, Lutfiyah Hanim, Riad Al Khouri, Njuguna Ng'ethe, Jacob Omolo, Peter Draper, Tsidiso Disenyana, Gilberto Biacuana, Maria Perez-Esteve