The role of non-traditional actors (NTAs) in the design of international economic agreements in the 21st century
Given the increased scrutiny and criticism which the multilateral trade system has faced about the legitimacy of its activities in recent years, this paper focuses on the debates surrounding the inclusiveness of global economic institutions in the 21st century. The paper aims to critically analyse the significance of social legitimacy as it pertains to the activities of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the broader multilateral trade system. The paper identifies a correlation between the social legitimacy of the WTO and its relationship with two Non-traditional actors (NTAs) in international economic relations: civil societies and sub-national governments. The paper also applies a complex theory model of ‘leverage points to intervene in a system’ developed by Donatella Meadows as a basis for suggesting potential entry points for NTAs to address some of the social legitimacy concerns being experienced by the WTO.
Citation : Omiunu, O. (2016) The role of non-traditional actors (NTAs) in the design of international economic agreements in the 21st century. MC11 THINK TRACK. “Thinking about a Global Trade Governance for the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities on the Eve of the. WTO´s 11th Ministerial Conference”. Buenos Aires, December 2017.
Research Institute : Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform (IELR)
- Department of Law