Created from NAFTA: The Structure, Function, and Significance of the Treaty's Related Institutions

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M.E. Sharpe, 2000 - Business & Economics - 257 pages
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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) involved much more than simple trade barrier reduction--it broke new ground in such areas as investment regulation and intellectual property protection, and, for the first time, linked labor and environmental issues to international trade policy. In addition, NAFTA brought together, in an economic integration scheme, countries with widely disparate levels of economic development.

Implementation of this broad-based agreement required the creation of several new institutions: some were mandated by the treaty itself, others came about as a result of supplemental labor and environmental legislation; and a few have been created in response to the increased economic activity among the three member countries since the NAFTA agreement went into effect.

Created from NAFTA provides, for the first time, an in-depth examination and analysis of the structure, functions, and performance of the NAFTA institutions from their inception to the present day.

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Contents

Development of the North American Free Trade Agreement
3
NAFTARelated Institutions in the Context of Theory
14
The Free Trade Commission
24
Commission for Labor Cooperation and National
33
1 North American Agreement
53
North American Commission for Environmental
90
Review Committee
118
Border Environment Cooperation Commission
161
Bank and Border Environment Cooperation
178
Other Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
223
Summary and Conclusions
236
Bibliography
245
Web Pages of NAFTARelated Institutions
252
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Joseph A. McKinney is a Ben H. Williams Professor of International Economics at Baylor University.

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