In the October 2010 issue of Global Policy the current Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, offered his thoughts on recent changes in decision making in global institutions. His claim is that good progress has been made in adjusting these decision-making processes so that they are more representative and more reflective of new global power realities, but there is still a long way to go. On the face of it, few could disagree with Lamy’s account. However, while much of what he writes is laudable, Lamy’s reading of recent developments is too rosy, and his diagnosis of the problem too one-dimensional, to be compelling. In this way, it obscures a deeper and more troublesome problem.
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