Title
A glass quite empty : civil society influence in the global trade regime A glass quite empty : civil society influence in the global trade regime
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Sociology
Politics
Law
Source (journal)
Global policy
Volume/pages
5(2014) :2 , p. 222-228
ISSN
1758-5899
1758-5880
ISI
000337242500010
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Nongovernmental actors with a focus on environmental, social and development concerns have been credited with influence over the global trade regime. Referring to such issue groups as social movements or global civil society, some have considered the influence of civil-society organizations (CSOs) over outcomes to be a glass half full. A more sober assessment is that inclusion and self-proclaimed success should not be confused with increased influence. Issue groups have had little to no influence on the day-to-day grind of trade policy in the WTO and in bilateral agreements. Moreover, activism against any WTO agreement has foreclosed a multilateral disarmament agreement on agricultural subsidies, causing these to continue to undercut producer power in developing countries. Rather than organizing flash fires at global negotiations, issue groups would exert more influence if they redirected their expertise and advice to their parliamentary representatives, facilitating these actors control and sway over trade policy making.
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