uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Setting the Table for Success - or Failure?: Agenda Management in the WTO
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2012 (English)In: International Negotiation, ISSN 1382-340X, E-ISSN 1571-8069, Vol. 17, no 1, 37-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How does the agenda management process influence the effectiveness of multilateral trade talks in the World Trade Organization (WTO)? How can the all-important agenda be shaped so as to enhance the prospects of an agreement being reached? How the agenda is managed directly affects the negotiation process which follows and the eventual outcome. Yet researchers have paid little attention to the particular dynamics and challenges of agenda management in large-scale multilateral negotiations, and actual practice points to several weaknesses. This article proposes that the complexity of the agenda in multilateral talks needs to be managed and reduced in procedurally just ways if a successful outcome (agreement) is to result. It develops an analytical framework of agenda management in multilateral negotiations and conducts a structured focused comparison to explain the differences in outcomes of two rounds of WTO negotiations: the failure of the 2003 CancĂșn Ministerial Conference and the success of the 2004 Geneva negotiations in reaching an agreement. The findings support the proposition that a successful outcome depends in part on reducing agenda complexity and that this needs to be achieved in procedurally acceptable (if not just) ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012. Vol. 17, no 1, 37-64 p.
Keyword [en]
agenda management, procedural justice, agenda complexity, multilateral negotiations, international trade; World Trade Organization (WTO), fair representation, fair treatment and fair play, voluntary agreement, transparency
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-174411DOI: 10.1163/157180612X630929OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-174411DiVA: diva2:526989
Program on Improving the Effectiveness of Multilateral Trade Negotiations
Available from: 2012-05-15 Created: 2012-05-15 Last updated: 2012-12-03Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full texthttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mnp/iner/2012/00000017/00000001/art00003

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Albin, CeciliaYoung, Ariel
By organisation
Department of Peace and Conflict ResearchDepartment of Government
In the same journal
International Negotiation
Political Science

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 199 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link