Global Corporations and National Government / Edition 1

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There is inherent tension between the increasingly global focus of companies and the continuing national focus of government.

There is extensive competition among countries to attract investment from multinational corporations and widespread use of performance requirements to tilt the impact of those investments in favor of those countries. There is also great concern in the home countries of such corporations that they be accorded fair and reciprocal treatment abroad. These issues and their related economic effects have become a source of conflict among nations that could escalate considerably in the future if major efforts are not made to head them off.

Graham's study analyzes the nature and depth of these international investment problems and their potential impact both on the world economy and on economic relations among nations. The effects on both companies and governments are assessed. The contribution of previous bilateral and multilateral agreements is considered. The author concludes that there is a strong need for enlarging and restructuring the current foreign direct investment regime by implementing new international rules and institutional arrangements. Graham offers two specific alternatives, outlining the questions and issues that the world community must decide prior to the 1996 ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Singapore.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881321111
  • Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments x
1 Introduction 1
2 Recent Trends in the Globalization of Business 9
FDI and Trade 13
FDI and R&D 14
National Comparisons 15
Changes in Policies Toward FDI 19
Predicting Which Way FDI Will Flow 22
Globalization in Historical Perspective 24
Regionalism and the Global Firm 29
3 Why Does Business Globalize? 33
What Is a Global Firm? 33
Impacts of National Policy on Globalization 41
Implications of the Clash between Government and Global Business 45
4 Toward New Rules on International Investment 47
An Accord on FDI 48
Ancillary Codes 61
Conclusion 67
5 Postwar Efforts at Rule Making 69
Multilateral Efforts to Create FDI Rules 70
Regional Approaches to FDI 80
Bilateral Treaties 87
Changing Positions of Major Home and Host Nations 88
Conclusion 100
6 Negotiating and Implementing an Investment Accord 101
Finding the Right Forum 101
The World Trade Organization 102
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 104
Regional Arrangements Other than the OECD 115
Where Do We Go from Here? 117
Conclusions 118
A Foreign Direct Investment and Technological Spillovers in the Developing Nations 123
B A Game Theoretic Approach to Sanctions 131
References 135
Index 143
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