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Grains and Gains: A study of the power structure within the GATT/WTO agricultural regime

Ingesson, Tony and Jeppsson, Jon (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The thesis presents a synthetic approach to the concept of power structures within international regimes by combining neo-liberalism, realism and rational choice theory in a structure/agency approach. The theoretical argument is applied to a case study of the power structure within the GATT/WTO agricultural negotiations and its development from 1947 to 2004. The three primary actors in the analysis are the US, the EEC/EU and the developing countries that formed the G-20 coalition in 2003. The development over time is divided into three phases; the hegemonic phase, the bipolar phase and the multipolar phase. In the first phase, the US was the hegemon. The second phase marks the emergence of the EEC as a powerful actor in the early 1960s.... (More)
The thesis presents a synthetic approach to the concept of power structures within international regimes by combining neo-liberalism, realism and rational choice theory in a structure/agency approach. The theoretical argument is applied to a case study of the power structure within the GATT/WTO agricultural negotiations and its development from 1947 to 2004. The three primary actors in the analysis are the US, the EEC/EU and the developing countries that formed the G-20 coalition in 2003. The development over time is divided into three phases; the hegemonic phase, the bipolar phase and the multipolar phase. In the first phase, the US was the hegemon. The second phase marks the emergence of the EEC as a powerful actor in the early 1960s. The third phase describes the situation after 2003 when the G-20 coalition was formed. The conclusion suggests that actors can affect the power structure through a combination of economical assets and coordination. The relationship between these two factors is investigated in a theoretical discussion. The empirical research includes primary sources in the shape of GATT and WTO documents as well as various secondary sources. (Less)
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author
Ingesson, Tony and Jeppsson, Jon
supervisor
organization
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
regime theory, agriculture, power structures, GATT/WTO, coalitions, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1327351
date added to LUP
2006-06-19
date last changed
2006-06-19
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  abstract     = {The thesis presents a synthetic approach to the concept of power structures within international regimes by combining neo-liberalism, realism and rational choice theory in a structure/agency approach. The theoretical argument is applied to a case study of the power structure within the GATT/WTO agricultural negotiations and its development from 1947 to 2004. The three primary actors in the analysis are the US, the EEC/EU and the developing countries that formed the G-20 coalition in 2003. The development over time is divided into three phases; the hegemonic phase, the bipolar phase and the multipolar phase. In the first phase, the US was the hegemon. The second phase marks the emergence of the EEC as a powerful actor in the early 1960s. The third phase describes the situation after 2003 when the G-20 coalition was formed. The conclusion suggests that actors can affect the power structure through a combination of economical assets and coordination. The relationship between these two factors is investigated in a theoretical discussion. The empirical research includes primary sources in the shape of GATT and WTO documents as well as various secondary sources.},
  author       = {Ingesson, Tony and Jeppsson, Jon},
  keyword      = {regime theory,agriculture,power structures,GATT/WTO,coalitions,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Grains and Gains: A study of the power structure within the GATT/WTO agricultural regime},
  year         = {2006},
}