It demonstrates that success or failure is strongly influenced by how
governments and private sector stakeholders organise themselves at home.
The contributors, mainly from developing countries, give examples of
participation with lessons for others. They show that when the system is
accessed and employed effectively, it can serve the interests of
poor and rich countries alike. However, a failure to communicate among
interested parties at home often contributes to negative outcomes on the
international front. Above all, these case studies demonstrate that the
WTO creates a framework within which sovereign decision making can
unleash important opportunities or undermine the potential benefits
from a rules-based international environment that promotes open trade.
Published in 2005
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