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Why Adjudicate?: Enforcing Trade Rules in the WTO

Christina L. Davis


The World Trade Organization (WTO) oversees the negotiation and enforcement of formal rules governing international trade. Why do countries choose to adjudicate their trade disputes in the WTO rather than settling their differences on their own? This book investigates the domestic politics behind the filing of WTO complaints and reveals why formal dispute settlement creates better outcomes for governments and their citizens. It demonstrates that industry lobbying, legislative demands, and international politics influence which countries and cases appear before the WTO. Democratic checks and ba ... More

Keywords: trade disputes, World Trade Organization, WTO, international trade, dispute settlement, industry lobbying, international politics, trade policy, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152752
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina L. Davis, author
Princeton University