Over-reliance on economic interest groups by policy agencies
The 1980s has seen a fragmentation of the international trading system with an ever-increasing number of trade issues being treated outside the the framework of GATT and a large and growing number of GATT rules themselves being circumvented. Such circumvention is often the reflection of the particular interests of domestic high-cost producers, thus attenuating the broader international benefits of a properly functioning trading system.
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