Regional trade agreements (RTAs) are not new, but their complexity and importance in global economics and politics has grown exponentially in the past two decades. Tackling this daunting proliferation head on, this book provides a much-needed guide to RTAs. Setting current regional agreements in their economic, political, and historical context, David A. Lynch describes and compares every significant RTA, region by region. He clearly explains their intricate inner workings, their webs of collaboration and conflict, and their primary goals and effectiveness. Lynch's deeply knowledgeable study bridges the ideological divides in scholarly and public debate, including economists' emphases on markets and efficiency versus antiglobalization activists' concerns over inequality and social ills. By building a middle ground between micro and macro analysis and clarifying technical terminology, this concise and accessible book will be an invaluable reference for all readers.
David A. Lynch is chair and professor, Department of Social Science, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Regional Trade Agreements: Making Sense of the RTA Spaghetti Bowl Chapter 2: Africa Chapter 3: The Americas Chapter 4: Asia Chapter 5: Europe Chapter 6: Russia and the Former Soviet Republics Chapter 7: The Middle East and North Africa Chapter 8: The Pacific Islands Chapter 9: Conclusion Appendix A: The World Trade Organization Appendix B: European Union Preferential Access Agreements Appendix C: US Free Trade Agreements and Pending Free Trade Agreements List of Abbreviations Glossary Bibliography