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The European Union and Globalisation
Towards Global Democratic Governance. New Horizons in International Business Series
The EU has taken a leading role in calling for a round of new trade negotiations in the WTO to deal with the issues of globalisation. Proposals in the EU call for expansion into new areas such as global investment, competition, and environmental rules in addition to liberalisation negotiations on agriculture and services. Issues such as global governance, capital mobility, and labour standards are also explored. Brigid Gavin questions if the EU's call for path-breaking global negotiations is too ambitious and whether or not it will fail to achieve the required response from its trading partners. The book demonstrates how the EU has evolved constitutionally beyond the internal market into a highly developed system of multi-level governance. Non-state actors such as NGOs, labour unions and private industry groups have been increasingly engaged in the discussion, decision-making and implementation of policy. The volume therefore contains important lessons for the WTO.
Exploring path-breaking reforms for increased parliamentary control of globalisation in the WTO, and providing a concrete model for implementation, this volume will be invaluable to academics, policymakers and NGOs in the areas of European studies, institutional relations and international business.
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'Brigid Gavin has produced a timely book, which is impeccably researched... It has that rare quality of being both informative and thought provoking.' -- Matthew Watson, European Foreign Affairs Review 'Brigid Gavin has produced a timely book, which is impeccably researched, comprehensive in its attention to empirical detail and written in an engagingly clear and lucid style. It is a worthy addition to the bookshelves of anyone who wants to learn about the institutional and the treaty-based contexts in which the European Union conducts its external trade relations... I very much enjoyed this book. It has that rare quality of being both informative and thought provoking. It tells its readers all that they could wish to know about the legal basis on which the EU's external trade relations are founded. Yet it also raises a number of important questions that will take its readers beyond the scope of its analysis. For that alone Brigid Gavin's book is well worth the read.' -- Matthew Watson, European Foreign Affairs Review '... the book makes for interesting reading, more so in the aftermath of the Doha ministerial negotiations of the WTO and the recently concluded Treaty of Nice this year of the European Union, which is considering the enlargement of the European Union's members by 12 from the Central, Eastern, Mediterranean and Baltic countries of Europe.' -- Rajyasri Roy Chowdhury, Global Business Review 'This is a wide-ranging and detailed analysis, with a focus on democratic governance issues and individual chapters on finance, investment, competition, environment and labour. The discussions throughout of issues involving the EU and the WTO are particularly informative and thoughtful. The book should contribute to an upgrading of the world-wide "dialogue" about the future of the WTO and its role in environmental and other issues.' -- Thomas L. Brewer, Georgetown University, US