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Greening Trade and Investment: Environmental Protection Without Protectionism

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"Greening Trade and Investment presents an analysis of the interactions between investment, trade and the environment. It examines the environmental consequences of existing multilateral trade and investment regimes, such as the World Trade Organization and the investment provisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement, and explores whether and how they should be reformed." The book explains how liberalization of international trade and investment can go hand in hand with an environmental protection which does not erect damaging protectionist barriers that frustrate the development aspirations of poorer countries. It offers constructive solutions to one of the most important and difficult issues in international economic policy.
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Neumayer focuses on the trinity of investment, trade, and environmental protection. In Part 1 he rightly notes that progress in international environmental affairs will only be made when developing nations realize that environmental elements can be incorporated into multilateral investment and trade regimes without harming their development ambitions. In Part 2 he reports that available empirical evidence does not suggest that differences in environmental standards affect the allocation of investment. In Part 3 Neumayer argues that trade liberalization can hurt as well as help the cause of environmental protection. This is a useful introduction to the issues at the interface of investment, trade, and the environment. Academic collections, undergraduate level and up, and professional libraries.
Noting that many environmentalists are wary of foreign investment and international trade, and that some developing countries see environmental regulation as unfair to them, Neumayer (environment and development, London School of Economics) explores how the multinational investment and trade regimes could be made more environmentally friendly without unnecessarily restricting the free flow of capital and goods and services, and without detriment to the aspirations of developing countries. Distributed in the US by Stylus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853837876
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Neumayer is lecturer in environment and development at the London School of Economics.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Boxes
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Pt. 1 Foundations
1 Globalization: Investment, Trade and the Environment in an Integrating World Economy 3
2 The Current Multilateral Trade and Investment Regimes 21
Pt. 2 Investment
3 Pollution Havens: Do Developing Countries Set Inefficient Environmental Standards to Attract Foreign Investment? 41
4 Regulatory Chill: Do Developed Countries Fail to Raise Environmental Standards Because of Feared Capital Flight? 68
5 Roll-back: Do Foreign Investors Use Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement to Knock Down Environmental Regulations? 79
6 A Case Study: The Failed Attempt to Conclude a Multilateral Agreement on Investment 91
Pt. 3 Trade
7 Trade Liberalization and the Environment 103
8 GATT/WTO Dispute Settlement and the Environment 118
9 WTO Rules and Multilateral Environmental Agreements 158
10 Conclusion and Summary of Policy Recommendations 185
App Environmental Provisions in Regional and Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements 190
Notes 194
References 202
Index 223
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