The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
The Strategic Dynamics of Latin American Trade
The diversity of Latin American trade agreements established since the mid-1980s reflects a broadening range of strategic perceptions and orientations. The argument of this volume is that this increasing divergence among the arrangements reflects fundamental and growing differences among their broader strategic perceptions and political and economic objectives. These, in turn, are grounded in each country's economic profile, the institutional configuration of its trade policy process, and the constraints and opportunities policymakers perceive at the domestic and international levels.
The opening chapter in this volume provides a theoretical framework that highlights the political-economic tradeoffs entailed in different trade strategies. The remaining chapters in sections I and II focus on domestic and international constraints involved in the formulation, pursuit, and implementation of trade policies. The last half of the volume contains detailed, empirically grounded studies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the dynamics of Mercosur.
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"This book offers an important, timely, and unique perspective on tradepolicy in Latin America. Academics, students, and practitioners willwelcome it, both for the useful political economy theoretical frameworkand for the cogent and informative analyses of individual countries andregional groupings."—Maxwell Cameron, University of British Columbia
Tables and Figures Acronyms Part I: Institutional and Political Elements of Trade Policy 1. Diverging Trade Strategies in Latin America: A Framework for Analysis, Vinod K. Aggarwal and Ralph Espach 2. Using Soft Power to Enhance Trade Strategies, Joseph S. Tulchin Part II: The Political Economy of International Trade in the Americas 3. The Dynamics of State–Business Relations in the Formulation of Latin American Trade, Sylvia Maxfield 4. The FTAA: Trade Preferences and the Art of the Possible, Carol Wise 5. The Proliferation of Regional Trade Agreements in the Americas: An Assessment of Key Issues, José M. Salazar-Xirinachs Part III: Comparing Trade Strategies in the Americas 6. Argentina's Foreign Trade Strategy: The Curse of Asymmetric Integration in the World Economy, Eduardo R. Ablin and Roberto Bouzas 7. Regional and Transregional Dimensions of Brazilian Trade Policy, Pedro da Motta Veiga 8. Chile's Multidimensional Trade Policy, Osvaldo Rosales 9. Mexico's Trade Policy: Vision and Improvisation, Antonio Ortiz Mena L.N. 10. Trade Strategies in the Context of Economic Regionalism: the Case of Mercosur, Alcides Costa Vaz Part IV: Conclusion and Prospects 11. Conclusions Vinod K. Aggarwal, Ralph Espach, and Joseph S. Tulchin Contributors Index