Abouharb, M. Rodwan, and Susan Aaronson. (Under Contract). The Paradox of the WTO: Development, Good Governance and Human Rights. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
In this book, we argue that the WTO directly obligates member states to act in certain ways that reflect its norms of good governance and democratic rights. We believe these obligations/norms may spill over into the polity as a whole (we call this direct diffusion). The members of the WTO also discuss and at times address other issues of human rights and good governance such as promoting labor rights, empowering women, and reducing corruption. We seek to see if WTO member states indirectly diffuse these norms, which are not WTO obligations, in the day to day workings of the WTO.
We examine what member states say and do at the WTO (our qualitative analysis). To test the effects of direct diffusion on member states governance, we examine member states performance on metrics of democratic rights and governance. Likewise to to test the effects of indirect diffusion on member states governance, we examine member state performance on metrics of labor rights, women’s rights, and corruption. By comparing what member states say and what they do with member state performance on these metrics, we can provide readers with a more comprehensive picture of the WTO.
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