The Promise and Peril of International Trade

By Jeff Colgan

© 2004

The Promise and Peril of International Trade is a lively, accessible book that explores how the trade system affects elements of critical importance to Canadian society, such as the environment, the economy, and the arts.

Accessible to the general reader, The Promise and Peril of International Trade explores how international trade should and can be harnessed for social good, and that Canada's commitment to international institutions and agreements pertaining to trade, such as the WTO and NAFTA, should reflect this aim. The book examines trade-related social issues, such as genetically modified foods, immigration, environmental health, and national culture. Much of the book focuses on Canada, but not exclusively. It also addresses the impact of international trade on developing countries with small economies.

Moving beyond the problems and challenges of current trade policy, the book contains constructive proposals for policymakers and the public. How should a country like Canada interact with the WTO? How should trade deals like the NAFTA be structured to do the most good, both for Canada and its trading partners? How well are we managing trade today? This book is designed to help answer these questions.

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  • Page Count: 256 pages
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The Promise and Peril of International Trade is a lively, accessible book that explores how the trade system affects elements of critical importance to Canadian society, such as the environment, the economy, and the arts.

The Promise and Peril of International Trade

By Jeff Colgan

© 2004

The Promise and Peril of International Trade is a lively, accessible book that explores how the trade system affects elements of critical importance to Canadian society, such as the environment, the economy, and the arts.

Accessible to the general reader, The Promise and Peril of International Trade explores how international trade should and can be harnessed for social good, and that Canada's commitment to international institutions and agreements pertaining to trade, such as the WTO and NAFTA, should reflect this aim. The book examines trade-related social issues, such as genetically modified foods, immigration, environmental health, and national culture. Much of the book focuses on Canada, but not exclusively. It also addresses the impact of international trade on developing countries with small economies.

Moving beyond the problems and challenges of current trade policy, the book contains constructive proposals for policymakers and the public. How should a country like Canada interact with the WTO? How should trade deals like the NAFTA be structured to do the most good, both for Canada and its trading partners? How well are we managing trade today? This book is designed to help answer these questions.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    I have been waiting for this book. Its central theme is not polemical or ideological. It offers an equitable critique of the rigid views of free trade advocates as well as anti-globalization activists, and goes further, suggesting both conceptual and practical alternatives for thought and application.


    George A. MacLean, University of Manitoba

    A balanced account of the trade liberalization debate.


    John Kirton, University of Toronto
  • Author Information

    Jeff Colgan is an Economic Consultant with the Brattle Group in Washington DC. He has worked at the World Bank as a policy analyst and at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. He was a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at the Goldman School of Public Policy of the University of California, Berkeley. His graduate work focused on international economic policy, particularly the Kyoto Protocol. Mr. Colgan divides his time between Toronto and Washington, DC.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Preface

    1. Introduction

    Part One: The Economics of Free Trade

    2. Free Trade and the Promise of Prosperity
    3. The Dangers of Market Fundamentalism
    4. Learning and the Risks of Specialization
    5. The Dangers of Protestor Mentality
    6. Free Trade and the Rise of Inequality

    Part Two: The Social Consequences of Free Trade

    7. Trade Rules, the New Weapons of Corporate Warfare
    8. Morality, Genetically Modified Food, and Free Trade
    9. Free Trade and the Brain Drain
    10. Free Trade and the Arts
    11. NAFTA and the Environment
    12. The WTO and the Environment

    13. Conclusion

    Appendix: Summary of Recommendations

    Bibliography

    Index

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