Common Values for the Development Round
Working Paper #60
In this paper we make a contribution to this debate by considering several fundamental questions: What are the appropriate boundaries for the agenda of the WTO? What would constitute a "fair" agreement? What are the characteristics of a "fair" negotiating process? There are no universal answers to these questions, but there are answers that derive legitimacy from commonly agreed values implemented in a democratic process. This paper presents a set of values with a Rawlsian flavor, which we believe is consistent with the development focus of this round and a concern for social justice. In some cases we make the implications of these principles for the outcome of the negotiations explicit, however in most cases we refer the reader to more detailed discussion in Stiglitz and Charlton (2004).
About the Authors
Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
Joseph E. Stiglitz is President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, and Chairman of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He is University Professor at Columbia, teaching in its Economics Department, its Business School, and its School of International and Public Affairs. He chaired the UN Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System, created in the aftermath of the financial crisis by the President of the General Assembly. He is former Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank and Chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2001.
London School of Economics
Andrew Charlton is a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. He has taught at Oxford University and been a consultant for the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, The United Nations Development Program and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.