31 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2007 Last revised: 7 Jun 2014
Date Written: January 4, 2010
While scores of commentators have criticized the non-transparency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in their examination of blue (trade-labor) and green (trade-environment) issues, they have often ignored the linkage between domestic politics in powerful states and international trade measures. They blur this crucial linkage that exacerbates conflicts and scuttles them to the WTO. Yet it is this underlying domestic-international, two-level game that also needs to be made more transparent, since its examination demonstrates that it is this nexus that gives rise to many trade-environment and trade-labor conflicts between countries.
Keywords: International, International Economic Law, International Law, Transatlantic Relations, Comparative Law, Law & Society
JEL Classification: K00, K33, K23
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Shaffer, Gregory, WTO Blue-Green Blues: The Impact of U.S. Domestic Politics on Trade-Labor, Trade-Environment Linkages for the WTO's Future (January 4, 2010). Fordham International Law Journal, pp. 608-651, November-December 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962916