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The Regulation of International TradeThe WTO Agreements on Trade in Goods$
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Petros C. Mavroidis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029995

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029995.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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The Regulation of International Trade
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Petros C. Mavroidis

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029995.003.0001

I have changed my mind a dozen times (and probably will do so in the future) about the structure that a book aiming to explain the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade/World Trade Organization (GATT/WTO) regime, like this one, should have. The objective I assigned to myself was to write a book that would be accessible to lawyers, political scientists, and economists. To do that, I wanted to ask first the question, “What is the problem the GATT framers tried to solve?” before explaining how they solved it. This is why, borrowing from previous work from economic historians and political scientists, I discuss at great length the negotiating history of each and every legal institution discussed in the two volumes, and have dedicated one full chapter (...

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