Stakeholder Preferences and Priorities for the Next WTO Director General

Fiorini, Matteo, Bernard Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis, Douglas Nelson and Robert Wolfe, (2021) 'Stakeholder Preferences and Priorities for the Next WTO Director General,' Global Policy 12:S3 (April 2021), 13-22. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1758-5899.12926

Posted: 13 Aug 2021

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Robert Wolfe

Queen's University - School of Policy Studies

Matteo Fiorini

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Bernard Hoekman

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Petros C. Mavroidis

Columbia University - Law School; European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW); European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Douglas Nelson

Tulane University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: April 11, 2021

Abstract

This paper reports on the results of an expert survey to solicit views on what WTO members and the international trade community consider the most important attributes of the Director-General of the WTO and the substantive policy and institutional reform priorities confronting the WTO. The results suggest strong support for a leader with managerial and political experience, and a professional network that spans international organizations, major capitals, and international business. Competence, political experience, a network that spans major capitals, international business and international organizations, knowledge of the WTO negotiating process and a background in economics are all characteristics that are ranked highly. Resolving the dispute settlement crisis is the highest priority for most respondents. There is broad agreement on the importance of addressing a range of negotiating topics and institutional reforms, but substantial variation in the rankings assigned by different groups of respondents to specific issues.

Suggested Citation

Wolfe, Robert and Fiorini, Matteo and Hoekman, Bernard and Hoekman, Bernard and Mavroidis, Petros C. and Nelson, Douglas R., Stakeholder Preferences and Priorities for the Next WTO Director General (April 11, 2021). Fiorini, Matteo, Bernard Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis, Douglas Nelson and Robert Wolfe, (2021) 'Stakeholder Preferences and Priorities for the Next WTO Director General,' Global Policy 12:S3 (April 2021), 13-22. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1758-5899.12926 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3903523

Robert Wolfe (Contact Author)

Queen's University - School of Policy Studies ( email )

Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

Matteo Fiorini

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

Fiesole, Tuscany
Italy

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Petros C. Mavroidis

Columbia University - Law School ( email )

435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States

European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW) ( email )

Via Bolognese 156 (Villa Salviati)
50-139 Firenze
ITALY

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Douglas R. Nelson

Tulane University - Department of Economics ( email )

New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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