[OPE] (new book) _ The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration: Responding to Globalization in the Americas_

From: GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@msn.com>
Date: Tue Sep 16 2008 - 14:42:49 EDT

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:41:50 -0400From: GDAEAnnounce@tufts.eduSubject: New book on globalization in the Americas

The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration: Responding to Globalization in the Americas
Edited by Diego Sánchez-Ancochea and Kenneth C. ShadlenPalgrave Macmillan, 2008
GDAE is pleased to announce the publication of a new book co-edited by Senior Research Fellow Kenneth Shadlen, The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration: Responding to Globalization in the Americas.
The 1990s and the early years of the 21st century have witnessed the emergence and proliferation of regional and bilateral trade agreements (RBTAs) between developed and developing countries in the Americas. The first and most prominent of these agreements is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which the U.S., Canada and Mexico signed in the early 1990s. The contributors to this book systematically evaluate the economics and politics of this new pattern of North-South integration in the Americas. The book begins by considering the developmental implications of this new pattern of integration. Such agreements provide Latin American and Caribbean countries with significantly improved access to the U.S. market, yet purchasing such preferential access via negotiation of trade agreements with the U.S. obliges countries to adopt U.S.-style practices in areas such as the management of inward foreign investment and intellectual property.
In assessing the complex trade-offs embodied in regional integration, many of the contributors in this volume conclude that the price of market access may be too high. The prevailing concern, quite simply, is that RBTAs, which dramatically restrict countries’ opportunities for policy innovation, may lock in strategies of economic development that have thus-far failed to spur economic development. The book focuses on both the proliferation of RBTAs, and, critically, the limits to the spread of such agreements.
For more on The Political Economy of Hemispheric Integration, including ordering information, see:http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/Pubs/rp/PolitEcon_HemisInteg.html
For more on GDAE’s Globalization and Sustainable Development Program:http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/globalization.html

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