In Search of the Next Cordell Hull

6 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2019

Date Written: June 17, 2019


This paper discusses the problems with the current U.S. trade policy-making process, and considers how a trade liberalizing visionary might break the interest group stranglehold in order to replicate some of Cordell Hull's successes and create a better version of the WTO.

Keywords: WTO

Suggested Citation

Lester, Simon, In Search of the Next Cordell Hull (June 17, 2019). Paradise Lost or Found? The Post-WTO International Legal Order (Utopian & Dystopian Possibilities), Fletcher School, Tufts University (2019), Available at SSRN: or

Simon Lester (Contact Author)

Cato Institute ( email )

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