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10 J. Int'l Trade L. & Pol'y 5 (2011)

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The political economy of state                                                         State accession
accession to international legal
A re-assessment of the China-World Trade                                                                   5
Organization nexus
Miron Mushkat
Syracuse University (Hong Kong Programme), Kowloon, Hong Kong, and
Roda Mushkat
Brunel Law School, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the complex processes involving state sacrifice
of essential values, including a measure of sovereignty, in return for economic benefits which are
substantial but not to a point of overshadowing all else.
Design/methodology/approach - The research agenda is addressed by reviewing systematically
the extensive theoretical and empirical academic literature on China's entry into the World Trade
Organization and drawing appropriate conclusions about how the issue at hand should ideally be
approached at this juncture.
Findings - Useful observations emerge regarding the classification of relevant factors, conceptual
integration, analytical responses to problems arising in the context of accelerating economic integration
across the globe and realistic model building.
Practical implications - Insights generated may enhance understanding of the interplay between
the forces of globalization and nationalism and lead to a more enlightened management of the ensuing
Originality/value - Critical assessment undertaken may pave the way for a less segmented and more
grounded academic work on the subject.
Keywords Globalization, China, International trade, Economic integration, Legal systems,
International cooperation
Paper type Research paper
There is no dearth of theories purporting to shed light on the forces underpinning
international cooperation in its various forms, including the establishment of elaborate
institutional mechanisms which circumscribe to varying degrees the room for
manoeuvre enjoyed by players in the global arena. Traditionally, this has been a
conceptual domain where realists have been most influential, despite their agnosticEmrd
disposition and minimalist approach. Liberals have brought a more positive outlook and
a less restrictive stance into this evolving intellectual enterprise, while basically     Journal of International Trade Law
adhering to rationalist assumptions and principles. Constructivists have gone further                    and Policy
Vol. 10 No. 1, 2011
pp. 5-28
The authors wish to thank the Kadoorie Institute for its research support, but the authors are ©Emerald Group Publishing Limited
solely responsible for the views expressed herein.                                          DOI 10.1108/14770021111116115

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