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Linking Trade, Environment, and Social Cohesion

NAFTA Experiences, Global Challenges, 1st Edition

By John J. Kirton, Virginia W. Maclaren


406 pages

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This title was first published in 2002: Focusing on the central issues of the contemporary trade-environment-social cohesion debate, this compelling book analyzes the social and environmental impacts of existing trade liberalization through the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other key regimes. It also explores new strategies for regulation and risk assessment, environmental information, standard setting, voluntary activities, sustainability assessments of trade agreements, and participation by civil society. Features include: -suggests ways in which the NAFTA model might be improved -explores the NAFTA regime with regards to its environmental and social impacts -evaluates the experience and improvement of NAFTA and how it might assist the broader international community Characterized by its meticulous scholarship and fluid style, this authoritative work is an indispensable guide for all those concerned with trade liberalization, environmental enhancement and social cohesion.


’…a good balance between overview� style chapters and detailed analyses, and between legal, IPE and management perspectives. The overall result will allow instructors to assign various chapters depending on the class…’ Steve McGuire, University of Bath, UK ’…reads well, with…careful and detailed research…this collection will be of interest to trade experts, lawyers, managers and students…’ Business Horizons ’This edited collection is a comprehensive examination of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its effectiveness in integrating trade initiatives and environment and social values. Linking Trade, Environment and Social Cohesion will appeal to a variety of audiences…University students will find that this book is an important collection documenting both the risks of international trade agreements and the potential for citizens to voice their concerns for these agreements. The book also has a wider appeal. The broader community will benefit from its thorough analysis and case studies.’ Canadian Foreign Policy/La Politique Étrangère du Canada '…offers a rich array of suggestions and even visionary proposals…Characterized by its meticulous scholarship and fluid style, this book is a good guide for all those concerned with trade liberalization, environmental enhancement and social cohesion…' International Journal of Environment and Pollution

Table of Contents

Contents: Forging the trade-environment-social cohesion link: global challenges, North American experiences, John J. Kirton and Virginia W. MacLaren. Linking Trade, Environment, and Social Values: The Global and NAFTA Experiences: From trade liberalization to sustainable development: the challenges of integrated global governance, Pierre Marc Johnson; The new interface agenda among trade, environment, and social cohesion, William A. Dymond; Embedded ecologism and institutional inequality: linking trade, environment, and social cohesion in the G8, John J. Kirton; Winning together: the NAFTA trade-environment record, John J. Kirton. Investor Protection: Evaluating the NAFTA Chapter II Model: The masked ball of NAFTA chapter II: foreign investors, local environmentalists, government officials, and disguised motives, Sanford E. Gaines; Environmental expropriation under NAFTA chapter II: the phantom menace, Julie Soloway; Investment and the environment: multilateral and North American perspectives, Konrad von Moltke. Environmental Protection: Evaluating the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Co-operation Model: Stormy weather: the recent history of the citizen submission process of the North American agreement on environmental co-operation, Christopher Tollefson; Public participation within NAFTA’s environmental agreement: the Mexican experience, Gustavo Alanís Ortega; Articles 14-15 of the North American agreement on environmental co-operation: intent of the founders, Serena Wilson. Worker Protection: Evaluating the NAFTA Commission for Labour Co-operation Model: Civil society and the North American agreement on labour co-operation, Kevin Banks; Giving teeth to NAFTA’s labour side agreement, Jonathan Graubart; Understanding the environmental effects of trade: some lessons from NAFTA, Scott Vaughan; Sustainability assessments of trade agreements: global approaches, Sarah Richardson; Concern for the environmental effects of trade in Canadian communities: evidence fro

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