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Reglobalizing trade: progressive global governance in an age of uncertainty

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James Scott, Rorden Wilkinson

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-69
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Accepted/In press1 Jan 2020
Published2 Jan 2021

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In this article we explore what a programme of ‘reglobalization’ could look like for the governance of global trade. Our focus is on the centrepiece of the current commercial order, the World Trade Organization (WTO). Our aim is to illustrate the potential value of a reformulated WTO not just for commercial relations globally but also for other areas of social concern. We seek to be both practical and challenging. We seek to be practical by establishing what a programme of WTO reform might look like in the near-to-medium term, including changes to the negotiating process and opening up the WTO to non-state actors. We seek to be challenging by setting the transformation of global trade governance within the context of a thorough process of reglobalization wherein the primary public mechanisms of global governance are reoriented towards the delivery of progressive social and environmental outcomes.

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