© 2008 – Routledge
224 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
International trade must be analysed within the historical context within which it occurs. Behind the statistics on trade flows lie power structures, class interests and international hierarchies. These change over time and how countries respond to them has critical implications for their citizen’s well-being.
In this book, the history of trade in Australia, Canada and Mexico is analysed. Trade agreements are analysed in detail to explore the new forms that dependence and subordination have taken. Arguing that the free trade agreements are significantly biased in favour of the United States, the contributors analyse how each of the three countries are being subject to specific forms of re-peripheralisation and examine possible alternatives for a progressive future based on an integration in the global economy which enhances, rather than limits, democracy and social justice. By providing an historical and critical account of trade policy in the three countries, the book provides a welcome antidote to the ahistorical accounts of free trade supporters.
1. Introduction 2. The Political Economy of Australian Development in Long-Run Perspective: From Lucky Country to Banana Republic? 3. The Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA): Reinforcing Re-Peripheralisation 4. Contesting Neoliberal Globalism in Australia: Opportunities for Progressive Alternatives 5. The Political Economy of Canadian Development in Long-Run Perspective 6. Canada’s Free-Trade Agreements with the US and Mexico: The Exaggeration of North American Trade 7. Contesting Neoliberal Globalism in Canada: A Sovereign Country in an Interdependent World 8. The Political Economy of Mexican Development in a Long-Run Perspective 9. Mexico and NAFTA: Re-Peripheralisation under the Labour Export-Led Model 10. Contesting Neoliberal Globalism in Mexico: Challenges for the Political and the Social Left 11. Re-Peripheralisation and its Alternatives: Comparative Conclusions
The volumes in this series will provide a unique guide to many of the challenges we face at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The aim is to have scholars explore the many changes in state market relations and new citizenship practices including globalization and global governance, the nature of the market of the future, the effect of new communications technology on economic restructuring, social and economic deep integration and the role of the individual in effecting positive social change. For more enquires and questions, contact Series Editor, Daniel Drache, firstname.lastname@example.org