Least Developed Countries and the WTO

Special Treatment in Trade

  • Helen Hawthorne

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Helen Hawthorne
    Pages 1-16
  3. Helen Hawthorne
    Pages 38-52
  4. Helen Hawthorne
    Pages 53-67
  5. Helen Hawthorne
    Pages 68-88
  6. Helen Hawthorne
    Pages 129-135
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 136-200

About this book


A norm of special treatment for LDCs, created by the UN, has spread to various international organisations including the WTO. Within the WTO evidence of the institutionalization of the norm can be found both in the agreements and legal documents and the way in which the LDCs have been treated by other states. Helen Hawthorne investigates how norms impact on negotiations in international organisations. She shows that few studies of international organisations focus on the role of the weaker states in the organization, the majority focus either on the major states or the emerging economies. By ignoring the role of the poorer, weaker states in the GATT/WTO we are ignoring the history of these states in the organisation and do not get a true picture of the organization, how it operates in relation to them and their impact on the organisation.


International Organisations international organizations WTO

Authors and affiliations

  • Helen Hawthorne
    • 1
  1. 1.City University LondonUK

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