DP6282 What Can Researchers Learn from the Suspension of the Doha Round Negotiations in 2006?

Author(s): Simon J Evenett
Publication Date: May 2007
Keyword(s): Doha Round, multilateral trade reform, reciprocal trade reform, trade policy, WTO
JEL(s): F13
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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The Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations was suspended for almost six months in 2006. The purpose of this paper is to ask what scholars can learn about the political economy of reciprocal trade liberalisation from this suspension. Specifically, four potential explanations for this suspension are examined and, in turn, these suggest a number of questions that researchers and interested analysts may wish to pursue in the future.