Regional Integration: The Next Wave

Jansen, Marion; Klotz, Sebastian; Virdee, Jasmeer (2020). Regional Integration: The Next Wave. In: Klasen, Andreas (ed.) The Handbook of Global Trade Policy. Handbook of global policy series (pp. 269-307). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons 10.1002/9781119167402.ch11

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The nature and extent of trade has changed over time as transport technologies, production technologies and the rules of trade have evolved. As briefly discussed by Goldstein and van Lieshout in Chapter 7 of this Handbook, the multilateral trade rules currently governing world trade are a relatively recent phenomenon from a historical perspective. The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017. Before the existence of the GATT, international trade was largely governed by bilateral treaties among a limited numbers of players and by power relationships resulting from colonialism. The shift in global power relationships in the aftermath of World War II opened the door for a new set of rules for trade that ended up being multilateral in nature.

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02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

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Jansen, Marion and Klotz, Sebastian


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation




Handbook of global policy series


John Wiley & Sons




Pablo Rahul Das

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27 Feb 2020 14:30

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