Tides of Trade Integration

A. Estevadeordal and K. Suominen

in The Sovereign Remedy?

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550159
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720253 | DOI:
Tides of Trade Integration

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This chapter strives to pioneer in placing PTAs in a historical context of the rise and fall of different types of trade agreements around the world in the past two centuries. It takes a tour d'horizon of the waves of trade agreements around the world over the past 130 years, examines the economic and political environment in which they take place, and discusses the various political economy interpretations accounting for the rise and spread of different kinds of trade agreements and PTAs, in particular. There are five main findings.

Keywords: preferential trading arrangements; PTAs; trade; political economy; economic integration

Chapter.  21715 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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