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Agriculture and the WTO Towards a New Theory of International Agricultural Trade Regulation

by Fiona Smith

978 1 84542 490 9

Understanding international agricultural trade is a complex issue, and a constant battle, as every country has its own interpretation of the laws passed from the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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Understanding international agricultural trade is a complex issue, and a constant battle, as every country has its own interpretation of the laws passed from the World Trade Organisation (WTO). There also is confusion about how non-trade concerns become part of the trade concerns and sorting out these issues is paramount to having an effective international trade.

Agriculture and the WTO, published in 2009, was written by Fiona Smith Lecturer in Laws, University College London.

In writing this book Fiona Smith challenged the standard attitude towards international agricultural trade. She firmly believes that in understanding the problem that seems to prevent international agricultural trade is the key to moving forward. She argues that the problem is not a series of interconnected problems but rather a single multifaceted problem with several interlocking strands.

Contents:

Each Chapter starts with an introduction

Chapter one: International agricultural trade regulation: charting the landscape

Chapter two: Current perceptions of the problem

Chapter three: Two models of disagreement

Chapter four: Polycentrism and the issue of market access

Chapter five: Cultural divergence, polycentricity and subsidies

Chapter six: Towards the future

This book has been written for a broader audience, making it easier to understand and comprehend, though the subject matter is complicated. Fiona Smith has created a well-written book that allows laypersons to understand the complicated debates that surround international agricultural trade.

This is a good starting point for political students interested in international regulations on agriculture and trade. Also economic student would find this book of interest along with economist and politicians. Well worth a read.

 

Book reviewed by: The Global Miller Martin Little

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