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Parliamentary Oversight of WTO Rule-Making: The Political and Normative Context


Gregory Shaffer


University of California at Irvine School of Law

August 1, 2003

Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 629-54, 2004

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This article makes four primary points regarding the issue of parliamentary oversight of WTO rule-making. First, we need a conceptual framework to assess the tradeoffs between different mechanisms for ensuring oversight, including parliamentary oversight, of the WTO. No institutional mechanism is perfect. All proposed mechanisms should be assessed in terms of how well they permit parties to participate in decision-making that affects them in a relatively unbiased manner compared to other realistic, non-idealized institutional alternatives. This analytical framework can be termed "comparative institutional analysis."

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Date posted: August 29, 2003 ; Last revised: August 25, 2010

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Shaffer, Gregory, Parliamentary Oversight of WTO Rule-Making: The Political and Normative Context (August 1, 2003). Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 629-54, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=434420 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.434420

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