The World Trade Organization’s Legitimacy Crisis: What Does The Beast Look Like?

Elsig, Manfred (2007). The World Trade Organization’s Legitimacy Crisis: What Does The Beast Look Like? Journal of world trade, 41(1), pp. 75-98. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

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The concept of legitimacy has many facets. The article reviews from a politics and law perspective the diagnosis of an ``institution in crisis''. This article is divided into three sections. It starts with a cautionary note on existing fallacies about assessing multilateral intergovernmental institutions and discusses competing schools of thought that approach the World Trade Organization (WTO) with varying perceptions of democracy and legitimacy. Section II takes up the actual debate on redesigning the WTO and directs attention to the question of balancing input and output legitimacy. Section III sketches potential avenues of research that have been neglected in the past.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Elsig, Manfred

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation

ISSN:

1011-6702

Publisher:

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Language:

English

Submitter:

Manfred Elsig

Date Deposited:

09 Sep 2014 16:02

Last Modified:

09 Oct 2019 15:03

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.49426

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49426

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