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    Problem with an idiomatic Expression!

    Excuse me, my name is abraham Negrete and I want to know if "make room" is a idiomatic expression. The problem is that I donīt understand the context of this:

    Global governance, national strategies: how
    industrialized states make room to move
    under the WTO

    Thank You for your time.

    My email is pearlfloyd85@hotmail.com

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    Re: Problem with an idiomatic Expression!

    "Make room" in this case means to adjust, or create space for.

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    Re: Problem with an idiomatic Expression!

    I believe the article in question is this one: http://www.australianinterest.com/AW...y/RIPE-WTO.pdf.

    I have read some of it, and I have trouble understanding what it is that is supposed to be moved or where it is to be moved to. In any case, it is clear that the article was not written for people not familiar with the jargon of international economics.

    ~R

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    Re: Problem with an idiomatic Expression!

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I believe the article in question is this one: http://www.australianinterest.com/AW...y/RIPE-WTO.pdf.

    I have read some of it, and I have trouble understanding what it is that is supposed to be moved or where it is to be moved to. In any case, it is clear that the article was not written for people not familiar with the jargon of international economics.

    ~R
    Global and national governance are sometimes seen to stand in a zero-sum
    relationship, particularly in the post-GATT era of multilateral trade. A more
    nuanced view expects states to seek the benefits of multilateralism whilst
    finding convenient loopholes and escape routes from its policy constraints.


    Oy! Not exactly casual, in-the-john kind of reading, eh? My eyes glazed over after the first sentence. After re-reading it and then browsing at this info about GATT and the WTO, I get the feeling that the article is discussing how certain industrialized nations can find legal loopholes to maintain their status quo and still turn a profit despite the tariffs and regulations imposed upon them by the WTO.

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    Re: Problem with an idiomatic Expression!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Global and national governance are sometimes seen to stand in a zero-sum
    relationship, particularly in the post-GATT era of multilateral trade. A more
    nuanced view expects states to seek the benefits of multilateralism whilst
    finding convenient loopholes and escape routes from its policy constraints.

    Oy! Not exactly casual, in-the-john kind of reading, eh? My eyes glazed over after the first sentence. After re-reading it and then browsing at this info about GATT and the WTO, I get the feeling that the article is discussing how certain industrialized nations can find legal loopholes to maintain their status quo and still turn a profit despite the tariffs and regulations imposed upon them by the WTO.
    Hypocrisy is still alive and well, isn't it? I think your analysis is accurate enough. Thank you.

    (For the benefit of ESL learners, a zero-sum relationship is one in which only one side benefits. Whether trade is really like that I leave it up to you to decide.)

    ~R

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