Requiem or Revival?: The Promise of North American Integration / Edition 1

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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was launched amid great hopes and controversy in 1994. More than a dozen years later, progress toward economic integration has stalled. Mexico's economy remains far behind those of Canada and the United States, and such pressing issues as energy security remain unaddressed. In Requiem or Revival? scholars and policymakers from all three nations dissect NAFTA's failure to fulfill its early promise and evaluate the prospects for further integration.

The authors explore the interaction between regionalism and multilateralism, the impact of the "new trade" agenda, and NAFTA's unresolved problems —migration, security, and energy. Recognizing the limits of the NAFTA framework, they examine its relationship to the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas negotiations and the Doha Development Round, and they discuss various ways in which NAFTA could be revamped or improved. The result is an intriguing volume offering important insights on the future of economic integration in North America and beyond.

Contributors include Chantal Blouin (North-South Institute), Theodore H. Cohn (Simon Fraser University, emeritus), I. M. Destler (University of Maryland), Charles F. Doran (Johns Hopkins University–SAIS), Christina Gabriel (Carleton University), Sergio Gómez Lora (IQOM, Inteligencia Comercial), Jerry Haar (Florida International University), Laura Macdonald (Carleton University), Gordon Mace (Université Laval), Isidro Morales (University of the Americas), Glauco Oliveira (University of Southern California), Antonio Ortiz Mena (CIDE), Jeffrey J. Schott (Peterson Institute for International Economics),Anne Weston (North-South Institute),Tamara Woroby (Towson University, Johns Hopkins University––SAIS), and Jaime Zabludovsky (Soluciones Estratégicas).

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This important collection of essays deftly integrates insights and analysis from domestic politics with developments at the bilateral, regional, and global levels. It is a must read for those interested in understanding why trade negotiations have become so difficult." —Michael Hart, Carleton University

"As NAFTA approaches its end as a preferential free trade agreement, this compelling book explores new ways to approach trade and integration in the region." —Luis de la Calle, Ministry of the Economy, Mexico

"NAFTA has spawned reams of commentary on what went well, such as growth in trade and investment, and what has not been accomplished in the thirteen years since it came into existence. All of this is here, analyzed by insightful scholars. Requiem or Revival? is the one book those interested in North America should read now." —Sidney Weintraub, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815782018
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel Studer is assistant director general for Canada at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also served as research director at the North American Commission for Labor Cooperation. Carol Wise is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California. Her most recent books include Reinventing the State: Economic Strategy and Institutional Change in Peru (Michigan, 2003) and with Riordan Roett, Post Stabilization Politics in Latin America: Competition, Transition, Collapse (Brookings, 2003).

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Table of Contents

1. No Turning Back: Trade Integration and the New DevelopmentMandate
Part I. The North American Free Trade Area: Achievements andLimitations
2. Unfulfilled Promise: Economic Convergence under NAFTA
3. Obstacles to Integration: NAFTA's Institutional Weakness
4. Trade Negotiations among NAFTA Partners: The Future of North AmericanEconomic Integration
Part II. The Hemispheric Context: From NAFTA to the Free Trade Area ofthe Americas
5. Beyond the FTAA: Perspectives for Hemispheric Integration
6. The FTAA Stalemate: Implications for Canadian Foreign Policy
7. What Went Wrong? Brazil, the United States, and the FTAA
Part III. The Global Context: The New Trade Agenda and the Doha Round
8. The Doha Round: Problems, Challenges, and Prospects
9. U.S. Trade Politics during the Doha Round
10. Mexico in the Multilateral Trading System: A Long and Winding Road
Part IV. Beyond Trade: Energy, Migration, and North American Integration
11. The Politics of Energy Markets in North America: Challenges andProspects for a Continental Partnership
12. International Energy Security and North America
13. North American Immigration: The Search for Positive-Sum Returns
14. Migration and Citizenship Rights in a New North American Space
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