Parliamentary Oversight of WTO Rule-Making: The Political and Normative Context
Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 629-54, 2004
27 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2003 Last revised: 25 Aug 2010
Date Written: August 1, 2003
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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