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Taking trade to the streets : the lost history of public efforts to shape globalization /
Susan Ariel Aaronson ; with forewords by Pat Choate and I.M. Destler.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2001.
xvi, 264 p.
0472112120 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2001.
0472112120 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-01-01:
Who would have thought it possible? The dullest of global economic and political discussions--usually involving tedious debates of tariffs on socks and pipe nipples, most-favored-nation treatment, trade effects of domestic standards, and the like--have turned into the hottest of issues. Vitriolic debate and sometimes violence at virtually every major conference on international economic matters have focused on "globalization." So what's so new about globalization? Nothing. It's simply markets doing their thing, reallocating economic activity in line with comparative advantage, all according to economic cause-and-effect models posited by the likes of Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Eli Heckscher and Bertil Ohlin, names painfully familiar to undergraduate students of economics. Aaronson (National Policy Association) does an excellent job of defining where antiglobalization thinking comes from (both the sense and the nonsense) and how it is galvanized by the key international institutions charged with making the system work--notably the World Trade Organization. She both describes and prescribes key counterarguments for confronting the antiglobalization groups. Excellent cases in point include fair labor standards, the environment, and food safety, which normally are matters of national sovereignty and hence run directly into the globalization debate. Excellent bibliography. Highly recommended for college and university libraries. I. Walter New York University
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Table of Contents
How Trade Agreement Critics Redefined the Terms of Tradep. 1
Same Arguments, Different Context: A Brief History of Protectionism from 1789 to the 1960sp. 30
How the GATT Came to Intersect with the Regulatory Social Impactp. 58
Back to "America First": Deregulation, Economic Nationalism, and New Rationales for Protectionp. 85
It Came from Canada: What Americans Learned About Trade and the Social Compact During the FTA and NAFTA Debatesp. 110
Gleaning the GATTp. 142
Conclusion: Thinking Locally, Acting Globallyp. 174
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 253
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