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Limits to Free Trade

Non-Tariff Barriers in the European Union, Japan and United States David Hanson, Associate Professor of International Business, Duquesne University, US
This book explores the growing list of non-tariff trade barriers raised by the US, EU and Japan and assesses the prospects for significant trade liberalization. The author examines the liability of global free trade through a review of the complaints that these three countries raised about each other over a five-year period. He concludes that free trade may be increasingly hampered as barriers are created more rapidly than can be resolved, and that the prospects for significantly strengthening safeguards are limited.
Extent: 224 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84720 247 5
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This book explores the growing list of non-tariff trade barriers raised by the US, EU and Japan and assesses the prospects for significant trade liberalization. The author examines the liability of global free trade through a review of the complaints that these three countries raised about each other over a five-year period. He concludes that free trade may be increasingly hampered as barriers are created more rapidly than can be resolved, and that the prospects for significantly strengthening safeguards are limited.

These issues are analyzed in the contexts of the major WTO trade agreements and the political economy of decision-making in the US, EU and Japan. The author concludes that the growing problems are endemic to the system and are not amenable to easy remedy. He tackles topics including international agreements, the trade policy processes in the three regions, issues concerning trade practices, import trade barriers in the EU, and prospects for reform.

Scholars, students and practitioners in business economics, international business, and international economics will find much of interest in this book.
‘Limits to Free Trade ranges over a wide diversity of relevant issues ranging from international agreements, to regional trade policies, to import trade barriers, to movements for trade reforms. Informed, informative, and strongly recommended for academic library reference and resource collections, Limits to Free Trade is a model of detailed and articulate scholarship.’
– The Midwest Book Review
Contents: 1. Dilemmas of Free Trade 2. International Agreements 3. Background to Trade Policy in the US 4. Issues Concerning US Trade Practices 5. Background to Trade Policy in the European Union 6. Issues Concerning EU Trade Practices 7. Background to Trade Policy in Japan 8. Issues Concerning Japanese Trade Practices 9. A Comparative Perspective 10. Prospects for Reform Index