This book offers a compelling new interpretation of the
proliferation of regional trade agreements (RTAs) at the end of the
twentieth century. Challenging the widespread assumption that RTAs
should be seen as fundamentally similar economic initiatives to
pursue free trade, Francesco Duina proposes that the world is
reorganizing itself into regions that are highly distinctive and
enduring. With evidence from Europe, North America, and South
America, he challenges our understanding of globalization, the
nature of markets, and the spread of neoliberalism.
The pursuit of free trade is a profoundly social process and, as
such, a unique endeavor wherever it takes place. In an
unprecedented comparative analysis, the book offers striking
evidence of differences in the legal architectures erected to
standardize the worldview of market participants and the reaction
of key societal organizations--interest groups, businesses, and
national administrations--to a broader marketplace. The author
gives special attention to developments in three key areas of
economic life: women in the workplace, the dairy industry, and
labor rights. With its bold and original approach and its
impressive range of data, The Social Construction of Free
Trade represents a major advance in the growing fields of
economic sociology and comparative regional integration.
Subjects: Sociology, Economics, Political Science
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