The difficult task of disciplining domestic support

David Orden, David Blandford, Tim Josling

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When the WTO was launched at the conclusion of the Uruguay Round negotiations its members committed to a new set of disciplines for agricultural domestic support, market access and export competition. It was recognized at the time that the domestic support disciplines were rather porous. Their architecture was consistent with the modest objectives that WTO members had collectively agreed to reduce distortions in world markets. What was uncertain at that point was just how the agreed-upon disciplines would interact with subsequent domestic agricultural policy decisions. In particular, it was not known to what extent the new rules and commitments would motivate countries to shift their policies in the less trade-distorting direction envisioned by the Agreement on Agriculture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support
Subtitle of host publicationSeeking a Fair Basis for Trade
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9780511794179
ISBN (Print)9781107005440
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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