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Law and legitimacy: the World Trade Organization

ByAmrita Narlikar

In this chapter, I investigate the puzzle why increasing legalization of the multilateral trading regime has not been accompanied by increasing legitimacy. I argue that increasing legalization can in fact trigger a process of de-legitimization if a legal system upholds rules that are perceived to be poorly negotiated. The paper presents a discussion of the concepts of legitimacy and legalization, analyzes the mechanisms whereby the processes of delegitimization have occurred, and finally suggests ways whereby the legitimacy of the World Trade Organization might be reclaimed.