Different Facets Of Power in Decision-Making in the WTO

40 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2008

Date Written: September 2006


The paper attempts to locate the role of power in decision-making in the WTO. Different facets of power dominant in the international relations literature are described and a taxonomy is offered. In addition, the interactions between power instruments and causal links are explored. Empirically, the paper focuses on the current Doha Round, discusses the implications of particular bargaining settings (e.g. coalition building) and tests the influence of the concept of development using a focal point perspective.

Keywords: WTO, Decision-Making, Power, Bargaining, International Organization

Suggested Citation

Elsig, Manfred, Different Facets Of Power in Decision-Making in the WTO (September 2006). NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper No. 2006/23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1090146 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1090146

Manfred Elsig (Contact Author)

University of Bern ( email )

Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
Bern, BERN 3001

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