Research Questions



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1. How do the current trade DRMs of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization (GATT/WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) function?

2. What weaknesses in the processes of these existing DRMs prevent "good" decisions from being reached?

3. How can these processes be improved upon to provide a DRM for the FTAA that will result in "good" decisions?


How do we define "good" decisions?

First, we posit that good processes are a necessary, but not sufficient condition for good decisions. In turn, we posit that good processes are those that are transparent, allow stakeholders to formally voice their concerns, and incorporate appropriate and balanced expertise.