Presentation on theme: "Decision-making in the WTO: medieval or up-to-date? WTO Public Forum, Geneva, 26 September 2006 Introductory comments Manfred Elsig HEI/WTI."— Presentation transcript:
Decision-making in the WTO: medieval or up-to-date? WTO Public Forum, Geneva, 26 September 2006 Introductory comments Manfred Elsig HEI/WTI
Objectives Assessment of the current system of decision-making Address institutional reform related to decision-making Bridge academic, diplomatic and NGO debates
The WTO as a (legitimate) political system: Some Key Concepts Transparency Accountability Participation Efficiency Input LegitimacyOutput Legitimacy
What means Decision-making Decision-Making in a wider sense (Systemic Issues) Access to the system (Participation) Output/Public Good (Efficiency) Acceptance (Legitimacy) WTO-Jargon (Transparency) Influence/power (Realpolitik) Decision-Making in a narrow sense (Decision Rules) Formal/Informal QMV/Consensus Single Package / Variable Geometry Negotiation Modalities/Formulas Ministerials From G1 to G149 (decision fora and coalitions) The Role of the Secretariat
Decision-making in the WTO: medieval or up-to-date? Thanks for your attention!