Parliamentary Oversight of WTO Rule-Making: The Political and Normative Context
University of California, Irvine School of Law
August 1, 2003
Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 629-54, 2004
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