Developing countries have for many decades waged a campaign for the global regulation of trade in primary products through international commodity agreements. Heavily dependent upon exports of primary products, developing countries hope to regulate the markets for their commodities to achieve higher prices. While there is a myriad of obstacles to agreements, the blame for slow progress is often laid at the feet of the industrial, commodity-consuming countries, particularly the US. This book, first published in 1987, is a comparative case study that closely analyses how American businesses behaved in relation to US government responses to developing countries’ demands for commodity agreements for coffee and cocoa.
1. The Economics of Coffee and Cocoa Trade 2. Primary Actors: Business and the State Department 3. American Business and the International Coffee Agreement 4. Business, Congress and the Coffee Agreement 5. United States and Brazil: American Business and the Soluble Coffee Dispute 6. American Business and the Cocoa Negotiations