NAFTA — Past, Present and Future

  • Peter Coffey
  • J. Colin Dodds
  • Enrique Lazcano
  • Robert Riley

Part of the International Handbooks on Economic Integration book series (IHEI, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Peter Coffey
    Pages 1-26
  3. C. Colin Dodds
    Pages 27-64
  4. Enrique Lazcano Espinoza
    Pages 65-112
  5. Robert Riley
    Pages 113-168
  6. Peter Coffey
    Pages 169-177
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 179-218

About this book


NAFTA has been described by one expert as being a partial customs union. It is, in any case, a special kind of free trade area because it consists of two highly developed economies and one large third world economy.
In this book, the contributors examine the specific interests of the three member countries, Canada, Mexico, and the United States in the creation of NAFTA. They also assess the influence of this trade area on their economics.
Looking to the future, doubts are expressed about the feasibility of using NAFTA (a hope expressed by the USA) as a stepping stone in the creation of a Free Trade Area of the Americas. Instead, the contributors see the consolidation of MERCOSUR in Latin America and the creation of a new Trans-Atlantic Market - as proposed by Sir Leon Brittan - as more likely developments.


Free Trade Area of the Americas MERCOSUR NAFTA development economics economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Coffey
    • 1
  • J. Colin Dodds
    • 2
  • Enrique Lazcano
    • 3
  • Robert Riley
    • 1
  1. 1.University of St. ThomasUSA
  2. 2.St. Mary 's UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Universidad Autónoma de GuadalajaraMexico

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-7352-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-5165-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1388-4344
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