This volume deals with the recent proposals in the United Nations and elsewhere for reconstructing the existing economic relations between less developed and more developed countries. The contributors to the book undertake to clarify the NIEO proposals, asking specifically to what extent they are really new, fully international, realistically economic, and are the constituents of workable order. The confrontation of NIEO demands and real-world constraints is a leading feature of the book, and each of the chapters deals with one or more elements of the NIEO proposals against the background of relevant conditions in both the countries and the international institutions and practices that interrelate them. The authors arrive at a considerable degree of consensus, mostly agreeing that the NIEO is not really a new order, but endorsing specific NIEO proposals that will achieve gradual progress for LDCs in absolute terms.
Preface -- An Overview of the NIEO -- Resolutions on the NIEO -- Population Growth and Economic Development: Illustrative Projections -- Cartels, Prices, and the Grants Economy -- Constructive Responses to the North-South Dialogue -- Changing International Specialization and U.S. Imports of Manufactures -- European Imports of Manufactures Under Trade Preferences for Developing Countries -- Appropriate Technology for the Third Development Decade -- The Impact of Multinational Corporations on Developing Nations -- Developing Countries and the International Financial System: -- International Migration in North-South Relations -- The Basic Human Needs Approach and North-South Relations -- Conclusions