With ever increasing levels of international trade, many countries are now completely dependent on cross border trade. However, the suspicion that individual countries are not playing by the rules is leading to 'trade friction', and the real possibility of costly trade wars.
The World Trading System includes material on:
* the origin and development of the world trade system since Bretton Woods
* dispute settlement in the world trading system
* administered protection and non-tariff barriers
* the Uruguay Round and beyond
Whilst the focus of the collection is economic, it also explores the perspectives of international political economy, international business and law.
As the world economy enters the new century it is undergoing the most dramatic structural changes since the Second World War. These are marked by:
* the emergence of regional trading blocs in Europe, Asia and in North America
* the transformation of the former socialist economies
* the creation of a new world trading system with an emphasis on freer trade
* the continuing emergence of East and Southeast Asia as the world's most dynamic economic regions.
Each set contains a comprehensive new introduction by a leading expert in the field, and a selection of key material arranged according to major themes. The Critical Perspectives are an essential resource for those interested in the changing global economy including economists, policy makers and students of international business and international relations.
Sets in preparation include
The Growth Economies of Asia