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Title: The US, the FTAA, and the Parameters of Global Governance
Authors: Brunelle, Dorval
Keywords: Amérique du Nord
Gouvernance et développement durable
Issue Date: 2002-08
Publisher: Groupe de recherche sur l'intégration continentale
Citation: Brunelle, Dorval. "The US, the FTAA, and the Parameters of Global Governance". Montréal: GRIC, août 2002, 19p.
Series/Report no.: Continentalisation;02-08
Abstract: To understand the process of economic integration in the Americas since the Miami Summit of 1994, when negociations toward the setting up of a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) were launched, I will start off with the issue of hemispheric economic integration as it stood fifty years ago, and compare this to what is now recognized as a global order.1 To set up this comparison, I will establish a clear-cut distinction between a world view and a global view, between the « mondial » and the « global » as we say in French. Subsequently, I will explain why, in order to understand the implication of the FTAA project, it is important to focus on the features of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) : these features will reveal that the project of free trade is not so much about trade, but about governance. This approach supports the argument that the FTAA plays a central role in setting up a new global order, the spirit of which is so aptly expressed in the introductoty quotation by T. L. Friedman.
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