Mike Moore's reflection on his time as Director-General of the World Trade Organization is an important addition to the great globalization debate. Moore explains how a boy, who left school at fourteen to work in a slaughterhouse, came to head an organization charged with bringing rules and order to the world's trading system. Arriving at the WTO shortly before the ill-fated Seattle meeting, Moore sought to reform the Organization, addressing the concerns of poorer countries and engaging in open debate with the often hostile NGOs. He is proud of the outcome of the Doha meeting in November 2001 which secured commitment to a new round of trade talks with a focus on development. Moore rebuts the attacks against the WTO arguing that the WTO's promise of rules-based free trade offers the best hope for lifting millions of the world's poorest citizens out of poverty.
Mike Moore, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization from 1999-2002, is a former New Zealand Prime Minister, Trade Minister, Foreign Minister and Deputy Finance Minister. He is also the author of A Brief History of the Future, Children of the Poor, Fighting for New Zealand and the Added Value Economy, amongst other books.
List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: the making of an internationalist; Part I. The Bigger Picture: 2. What does globalisation mean?; 3. Food for thought; 4. The philosophy, politics and economics of trade and freedom; 5. Life is getting better; Part II. From Seattle to Doha: 6. Setback in Seattle; 7. Why the WTO matters; 8. Forging a consensus; 9. Denouement at Doha; 10. Creating a 'World' Trade Organization; 11. How the 'new issues' could strengthen the agenda; 12. Why concluding the new round is crucial; Part III. Citizens, Corporates and a New Deal for Global Governance: 13. Engaging civil society; 14. Corporate social responsibility; 15. Time to rethink global governance; 16. Future challenges; Notes; Index.