Post-NAFTA North America: Reshaping the Economic and Political Governance of a Changing Region [NOOK Book]

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Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was conceived, it has been regarded as a mechanism of economic integration, drawing Canada, Mexico and the US into one single economic space. Professor Isidro Morales challenges this long-held assumption, illustrating that NAFTA, for the US, is not an integration mechanism, but rather a means of reinforcing 'export-enhancing' policies generated by Washington. NAFTA is the middle ground, the interface, between US multilateral positions pursued within the World ...

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Post-NAFTA North America: Reshaping the Economic and Political Governance of a Changing Region

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Overview

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was conceived, it has been regarded as a mechanism of economic integration, drawing Canada, Mexico and the US into one single economic space. Professor Isidro Morales challenges this long-held assumption, illustrating that NAFTA, for the US, is not an integration mechanism, but rather a means of reinforcing 'export-enhancing' policies generated by Washington. NAFTA is the middle ground, the interface, between US multilateral positions pursued within the World Trade Organisation and unilateral trade measures debated and adopted by US congress. Its voice has become that of the US, embodying the same values, the same principles, and the same disciplinary policy, as that advocated by the American elites. It has become more than a simple trade regime, evolving into a regulatory framework combating the pressure of globalization in the post-Cold War era. In the aftermath of September 11th 2001, NAFTA has formed a strategic bloc, grounded in the securitization of trade and in the acquiescence of Canada and Mexico to a domineering US. Can a balance be resumed?

About the Author:
Isidro Morales is currently Director of Public Policies and Government at EGAP, ITESM-Monterrey, Mexico

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ISIDRO MORALES has been both professor and researcher in leading Mexican, American and European universities, including El Colegio de Mexico, the University of Denmark, the Watson Institute of Brown University, and the Center for North American Studies, American University, Washington DC. He was previously Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Mexico. His research and writing focuses on integration and trade-related topics. He is currently Director of Public Policies and Government at EGAP, ITESM-Monterrey, Mexico.

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Introduction Post-NAFTA North America: Reshaping the Economic and Political Governance of a Changing Region 1

Pt. I The Nature and Limits of Regional Disciplinary Governance in an Era of Globalization

1 The Challenges of Globalization for US Economic Leadership: the Nesting of Regionalism in Washington's Neoliberal Trade Agenda 9

2 The Governance of Economic Openness through Trade Regimes: NAFTA as a Model of US Open Regionalism for the Americas 38

Pt. II The Post-NAFTA North American Economic and Social Space

3 After NAFTA: Trade Regionalization and the Emergence of a North American Economic Space 77

4 The Rise and Demise of Mexico's 'NAFTA-plus Approach': the Scope and Limits of a North American Agenda Coming from the South 122

Pt. III Re-shaping the Geopolitical Space of North America and its Contours

5 Policing Borders in North America after September 11: From Barricaded Borders to the Growing Governmentalization of Human and Material Flows 147

6 Post-NAFTA Deepening and Widening Trends: Towards the Continentalization of Energy Markets and the Enlargement of the Southern Periphery 169

Conclusions 195

Notes 203

Bibliography 217

Index 231

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