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Handbook of International Trade Agreements

Country, regional and global approaches

Edited by: Robert E. Looney

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781857439151
eBook ISBN: 9781351046954
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351046954
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Book description

International trade has, for decades, been central to economic growth and improved standards of living for nations and regions worldwide. For most of the advanced countries, trade has raised standards of living, while for most emerging economies, growth did not begin until their integration into the global economy. The economic explanation is simple: international trade facilitates specialization, increased efficiency and improved productivity to an extent impossible in closed economies. However, recent years have seen a significant slowdown in global trade, and the global system has increasingly come under attack from politicians on the right and on the left. The benefits of open markets, the continuation of international co-operation, and the usefulness of multilateral institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have all been called into question. While globalization has had a broadly positive effect on overall global welfare, it has also been perceived by the public as damaging communities and social classes in the industrialized world, spawning, for example, Brexit and the US exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The purpose of this volume is to examine international and regional preferential trade agreements (PTAs), which offer like-minded countries a possible means to continue receiving the benefits of economic liberalization and expanded trade. What are the strengths and weaknesses of such agreements, and how can they sustain growth and prosperity for their members in an ever-challenging global economic environment?

The Handbook is divided into two parts. The first, Global Themes, offers analysis of issues including the WTO, trade agreements and economic development, intellectual property rights, security and environmental issues, and PTAs and developing countries. The second part examines regional and country-specific agreements and issues, including NAFTA, CARICOM, CETA, the Pacific Alliance, the European Union, EFTA, ECOWAS, SADC, TTIP, RCEP and the TPP (now the CPTPP), as well as the policies of countries such as Japan and Australia.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Regional trade agreements Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The WTO and regional/bilateral trade agreements Download PDF
Chapter  4:  International agreements on intellectual property rights Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The spread of international trade agreements Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The economic effects of FTAs Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Trade agreements and economic development Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The investment component of trade agreements Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Trade agreements and national security Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Economic reform and service liberalization in developing countries Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Gender rights and trade agreements Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Trade agreements and the environment Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Neoliberal globalization and its opponents Download PDF
Chapter  14:  NAFTA Download PDF
Chapter  15:  CAFTA-DR: diverging trajectories and uneven development Download PDF
Chapter  16:  CARICOM Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Mexico’s approach to preferential agreements  Download PDF
Chapter  18:  CETA Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Mercosur Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Pacific Alliance Download PDF
Chapter  21:  ALBA Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The European Union Download PDF
Chapter  23:  TTIP Download PDF
Chapter  24:  EFTA Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Eastern Partnership countries Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Trade agreements and regional integration Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The GCC trade agreements: regional integration challenges and opportunities Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Liberalization without integration Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The African Union and the European Union Download PDF
Chapter  30:  ECOWAS Download PDF
Chapter  31:  SADC Download PDF
Chapter  32:  COMESA Download PDF
Chapter  33:  RCEP and Asian economic integration Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The TPP Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Japan’s approach to preferential trade agreements Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Australia’s approach to PTAs Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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