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Change of Power in the WTO – Reality or Illusion?: A study of developing countries' bargaining power in the GATT/WTO negotiations from the Tokyo round to the Doha round
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The agenda of the multilateral trade negotiations has since the beginning of the creation of GATT in 1947, traditionally been dominated by the industrialised countries' interests. The last decade has, however, shown signs of a possible change in the power relations between developed and developing countries, in favour of the developing countries. The aim of this study is to document and analyse whether the developing countries have managed to increase their bargaining power in the GATT/WTO negotiations, and if this is the case, how this change can be explained. By providing a broad overview of the evolvement of developing countries' bargaining power in the Tokyo round, Uruguay round and the ongoing Doha round, it can be shown that over time, developing countries have strengthened their bargaining power, resulting in their interests being better reflected on the agenda of the multilateral trade negotiations. Possible explanatory factors for this change can in particular be found in developing countries having increased their ability to build sustainable coalitions, and in having enhanced their market shares in world trade. Yet, developing countries' ability to influence the actual substance and practical implementation of their bargained agreements is deficient.

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2009. , 49 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-56092DiVA: diva2:409059
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2009-06-05, F429, Stockholms Universitet, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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The thesis has also been published in the form of a book (May 2010). Published by: VDM Verlag. ISBN: 978-3639248234.Available from: 2011-04-08 Created: 2011-04-07 Last updated: 2011-04-08Bibliographically approved

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