Reform at the top: What’s next for the WTO? A second life? A socio-political analysis
So far, the quest for renewed policy coherence in the rules-based multilateral system has produced stalemate rather than reform.
The analysis that follows explores the proposition that, without the metaphoric ‘knife at its throat’ to shock it to its senses, the WTO will continue in the short term to be trapped by its existing architecture. There is no coherent reform-minded movement supported by a critical number of states to instigate a change in the way the WTO does business. The paper looks at the following idea: with many states pursuing new policy frames to enhance their strategic interests, the second life of the WTO will be dramatically different from the present configuration.