Series: Critical Perspectives on the Global Trading System and the WTO Volume: 2
1168 pages, illustrations
In both regional and multilateral trade negotiations farm trade issues have been by far the most contentious and difficult to conclude. WTO rules for agricultural trade have yet to be brought into line with those for other goods. As a result, legal agricultural trade disputes at the WTO account for about 40 per cent of cases to date, even though agriculture accounts for only seven per cent of international trade and five per cent of global output. This authoritative and timely collection presents the most important published articles on this subject. 39 articles, dating from 1945 to 2003
'Anderson and Josling are world-class experts on the economics of agriculture and its interface with WTO issues. Besides, the dismantling of agricultural trade barriers and subsidies is the next big agenda before the WTO. This book is therefore both topical and hugely instructive. No scholar or policymaker can afford not to read it.' - Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia University, US 'This collection on the global trading system will be immensely helpful for scholars, students and analysts. The sound basis of trade research over the past three decades presented here highlights the opportunity for progress in economic development through open agriculture trade.' - Joachim von Braun, DG-IFPR 'The chaotic attempts to bring Food and Agriculture under international trading rules have generated a literature on the subject that is equally unruly. Kym Anderson and Timothy Josling have done a superb job in selecting key historical materials that explain past and present agricultural trade policy, and that provide useful signposts for the future on topics as diverse as state trading and GMOs. Professionals will find these two small volumes worthy substitutes for the hundreds of trade references that now clutter their bookshelves.' - Walter P. Falcon, Stanford University, US
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