The Structural Imbalances of the WTO Reconsidered A Critical Reading of the Sutherland and Warwick Commissions

 

Daniel Drache

This paper examines the attempt by the 2004 Sutherland and the 2007 Warwick Reports to reform the process of decision-­‐making of the WTO after the collapse of the Cancun ministerial. Among WTO insiders was the fear that negotiations had gone off the rails and member states had lost their interest in concluding the Doha Round. The transfer of power from the club where few decided for the many to the coalition model of trade negotiations where the many decided for the many revealed large organizational “imbalances”.