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The G-20

Aims and Perspectives of a New Trade Alliance

by Marcio Botelho

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Pub date: 2005
Pages: 80
ISBN-10: 1581123000
ISBN-13: 9781581123005
Categories: EconomicsBusiness & EconomicsPolitical Science


Coalitions of developing countries at the WTO typically have a short life and do not produce results. Nonetheless, a specific coalition of developing countries named the G-20 seems to have a different destiny. Even though it focuses on agriculture, which is certainly the most difficult sector in which one can obtain concessions from developed countries, the G-20 has been able not only to survive but also to solidify its influence. This paper examines the consequences of G-20 actions. Moreover, it considers three separate questions. First, how has the G-20 been able to maintain its unity despite huge internal differences and external pressures? Second, which strategies has the coalition been using to strengthen its influence? Third, whither the G-20? The paper answers these questions and envisages the main possibilities for the alliance's future.