Free Trade for the Americas?: The Us Push for the Ftaa Agreement

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November 2004



This book focuses on one of the most strategic developments in international trade-the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement-due for completion in 2005. This US initiative aims to replicate the NAFTA Agreement across all 34 countries of South and North America (except Cuba). This volume explains the origins and ongoing process of the negotiations and explains why the US wants to expand its NAFTA model. It makes clear that investment protection, in addition to trade, is at the heart of the new agreement. And it examines in-depth the possible consequences for Mercosur, Brazil, and the region's many small economies.


1. Introduction - Paulo Fagundes Vizentini and Marianne Louise Wiesebron;Part 1 Strategic Issues;2. The FTAA and the US Strategy: A Southern Point of View - Paulo Fagundes Vizentini;3. The US, the FTAA, and the Parameters of Global Governance - Dorval Brunelle;4. Through the Looking Glass: A Canadian Perspective on the NAFTA as a forerunner to the FTAA - Marc Lee;Part 2 FTAA: Structures and Procedures;5. The Puzzle of Institutionalising a Free Market Continental Zone - The nuts and bolts of the FTAA - Michel Duquette and Maxime Rondeau;6. The Forgotten Society:Lack of Transparency and Democracy - Marianne L. Wiesebron;7. Social and Economic Rights within the Context of the FTAA - Jorge Witker;Part 3 Implications for South America;8. Brazil, Mercosur, the FTAA and Europe - Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes;9. Brazil's strategy toward the FTAA - Jan van Rompay;Part 4 Wider Consequences of the FTAA;10. FTAA: Implications for the World Trade System - Pitou van Dijck;11. FTAA versus the EU Association Agreements - Willy J. Stevens;12. The impact of the FTAA on Japan and China;- Kurt W. Radtke;13. China's Reaction and Strategy towards the Creation of the FTAA - Yang Zerui;14. Effects of the FTAA on Japan - Mitsuhiro Kagami;15. Conclusions - Raymond Buve;Annex A Chronology of the Latin American economic integration process;Annex 2. Potential FTAA Member Countries: Basic Data;Annex 3. Economic Blocs: Basic Data;About the Authors;Bibliography;Index.


Paulo Vizentini is professor of history at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Marianne Wiesebron is associate professor of history at Leiden University. The contributors are scholars drawn from a range of disciplines, based in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands,

EAN: 9781842773130
ISBN: 1842773135
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2004
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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