Trade and Globalization: An Introduction to Regional Trade Agreements

Trade and Globalization: An Introduction to Regional Trade Agreements

by David A. Lynch

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742566880
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David A. Lynch is chair and professor, Department of Social Science, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Figures, and Tables viii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Introduction to Regional Trade Agreements: Making Sense of the RTA Spaghetti Bowl 1

The Importance of RTAs 1

Why RTAs? 2

Controversies about RTAs 9

Typology of RTAs and Other Economic Agreements 18

Comparing RTAs/Variation in RTAs 25

Organization of This Book 45

2 Africa 47

African Monetary Unions 49

Context of African RTAs: African International Political Economy (IPE) 50

RTAs in Africa 55

3 The Americas 85

South American RTAs 87

Context of South American RTAs: South American IPE-Statism, Economic Liberalism, and Its Critics 89

Caribbean RTAs 91

Context of Caribbean RTAs: Caribbean IPE-Diversity, Vulnerability, and Security 91

Context of Central American RTAs: Central American IPE-History and Security 97

RTAs in the Americas 98

4 Asia 129

Context of East Asian RTAs: East Asian IPE (Of Tigers, Cubs, Dragons, and Rising Suns) 130

Context of Southeast Asian RTAs: Southeast Asian IPE 134

Context of South Asian RTAs: South Asian IPE-Can Geopolitics Be Overcome? 136

RTAs in Asia 137

5 Europe 153

Context of European RTAs: Why Europaean Integration? 154

RTAs in Europe 157

6 Russia and the Former Soviet Republics 183

Context of RTAs in the Former Soviet Union Region: IPE of Incomplete and Varied Transitions 184

RTAs in the Former Soviet Union 192

7 The Middle East and North Africa 203

Explaining Low Levels of MENA Integration in the Post-World War II Period 205

Context of MENA RTAs: IPE of the MENA 208

RTAs in the Middle East and North Africa 210

8 The Pacific Islands 219

Context of Pacific Islands RTAs: IPE of the Pacific Islands Region 220

RTAs in the Pacific Islands Region 221

9 Conclusion 231

RTAs: Facade or Real Structures? 231

RTAs: Dynamic, Not Static 232

Regional Patterns of RTAs 232

RTAs, Globalization, and International Political Economy Theories 235

Concluding Thoughts: RTAs as Microcosms of Globalization 240

Appendix A The World Trade Organization 241

The Uruguay Round 242

The Doha Development Agenda 242

WTO Membership 242

Appendix B European Union Preferential Access Agreements 245

Appendix C US Free Trade Agreements and Pending Free Trade Agreements 247

List of Abbreviations 251

Glossary 258

Notes 263

Bibliography 296

Index 312

About the Author 329

What People are Saying About This

Daniel Drache

The sheer number of regional trade agreements worldwide is redefining the old order of global trade governance. This excellent and comprehensive book provides both experts and students with a new understanding of their complexity, dynamics, costs, and opportunities. Perhaps more important, Lynch dispels many of the myths and misunderstandings about the next phase of global multilateralism and new state practices. Surely an impressive achievement by any standard.

Patrice Franko

Lynch deftly untangles the spaghetti bowl of RTAs, providing a detailed understanding of the dynamics of trade agreements. This rich compendium on trade integration underscores the importance of regionalism in our globalized economy.

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