Reading the GATS as ideology
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Economic regulation in the twenty-first century involves a complex, overlapping and often incoherent web of state-sponsored market mechanisms and industry self-regulation. This regulatory network criss-crosses the multilateral, regional and national domains (Picciotto, 1996). Trade in services agreements form one small part of this rapidly expanding and rather chaotic regulatory geography. While the GATS 1994 provides the main reference point for legal analysis, its structure and content have been reorganised, refined and expanded in diverse and sometimes inconsistent ways through bilateral and regional agreements.