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Mercosur :  Trade and Investment amid Financial Crisis - Jorge Guira


Trade and Investment amid Financial Crisis

Hardcover Published: September 2003
ISBN: 9789041199188
Number Of Pages: 360

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Since its creation by the Treaty of AsunciĆ³n in 1991, the regional trade association of MERCOSUR has been plagued by financial crises in its member states. Yet it continues, albeit slowly, to meet its objectives. To its four full members (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay) it has already added Chile and Bolivia as associate members, and continues its negotiations with the Andean Community and even with Mexico.This book by a leading authority on the subject is the first full-length analysis of the viability of MERCOSUR as an effective engine of economic development. Drawing on vast reservoirs of expertise and insight, Professor Guira considers the phenomenon of MERCOSUR in all its real-world and theoretical contexts, from forces inherent in Latin American history to its role in a global trading regime dominated by the WTO, the IMF, the EU, and NAFTA. He provides in-depth commentary on the nexus between the economic crises of member states (particularly Brazil and Argentina) and the multiple and complex linkages that animate MERCOSUR's continuing and distinct identity. He finds that, despite the modest effect to date of MERCOSUR on the economic development of its member states, the laws and institutions that characterise the organisation are now sufficiently established to weather the confidence-building challenge that must be met and overcome if the major Latin American nations are to play a role in global commerce that matches their enormous economic significance.Every scholar, practitioner, official, and policymaker working anywhere in the fields of international trade law or international relations must read this book. In putting together the world trade puzzle, players often find that the MERCOSUR piece is missing or incomplete. With the publication of this book, a major deficiency is fully remedied.

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction and Background to an Analysis of MERCOSUR's Role as a Legal Instrument of Development - Defining the Scope and Scale of the Issuesp. 1
The Role of Law and Institutions in the Overall Framework: Is It Possible to Form a Cohesive MERCOSUR?p. 45
Trade in Goods and Non-Financial Services: How do Deepening and Widening the Legal and Institutional Infrastructure of MERCOSUR Contribute to Developmentp. 117
MERCOSUR and the Search for Financial Stability I: Challenges of Financial Integration and Marco-Economic Co-ordination in the Aftermath of Economic Decline and the Brazilian Financial Crisisp. 169
Building MERCOSUR Financial Stability II: International Financial Institutions, Core Financial Architectural Parameters and their Application in Relieving the Brazilian Crisis and in MERCOSUR Legal and Institutional Reformp. 219
Concluding Observations on the Response of MERCOSUR to the Challenge of Formulating and Implementing Law in a Dynamic and Innovative Global Environmentp. 249
Significant Events Prior to the Deepening of the Argentine Crisisp. 263
Postscriptp. 267
Bibliographyp. 269
Appendix 1p. 309
Appendix 2p. 311
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9789041199188
ISBN-10: 9041199187
Series: International Economic Development Law, 18
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: September 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.7