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This Article explores the role of the World Trade Organization ("WTO") as part of an emerging system of international governance. I focus on a set of inescapable linkages from the trade regime, to other policy issues and goals, such as environmental protection. I further argue that the future success and effectiveness of the World Trade Organization depends not only on its ability to effectively manage these linkages but also on its capacity to simultaneously absorb the lessons of welfare economics, competition theory, public choice analysis, federalism, and other analytic tools that underpin these linkages. I note, in particular, that with a broader, more interdisciplinary understanding of its role, the WTO might come to see that its current hostility toward non-governmental organizations ("NGOs") is misplaced and harmful to the performance and public legitimacy of the international trading system.

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