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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development$
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Arvid Lukauskas, Robert M. Stern, and Gianni Zanini

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.001.0001

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Introduction and Overview

Introduction and Overview

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview
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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development
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Arvid Lukauskas

Robert M. Stern

Gianni Zanini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.003.0001

The introduction presents the main themes of the volume and provides a brief overview of each chapter. One of the primary encompassing themes is that several current economic and political trends seem to be undermining efforts to expand trade liberalization at the multilateral level. A major challenge to sustaining progress is the fact that the trade agenda has expanded over time from focusing primarily on “at the border issues” to encompassing, since the end of the Uruguay Round in 1994, “behind the border” issues. More recently, even more controversial efforts to link issues, such as labor rights and the environment, to multilateral negotiations have gained traction. Given the lack of significant progress in multilateral negotiations, the editors suggest that it is possible that preferential trade agreements, which in many ways have become the de facto vehicle for trade agreements in recent years, may become the preferred vehicle.

Keywords:   International trade, preferential trade agreements, multilateralism, labor rights, environment, liberalization

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