© 1999

NAFTA — Past, Present and Future


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

  1. 1.University of St. ThomasUSA
  2. 2.St. Mary 's UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Universidad Autónoma de GuadalajaraMexico

About the authors

Peter Coffey, a British national was until recently, Head of the Economics section at the Europa Instituut, University of Amsterdam. Presently he is Holder of the recently created U.S. West Chair at the Graduate School at the College of St. Thomas, Minnesota, USA. He has published many works on European and international economic and monetary problems. Professor Coffey, who speaks seven languages, has lectured in most countries of the EC, as well as in many other parts of the world.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title NAFTA — Past, Present and Future
  • Authors P. Coffey
    J. Colin Dodds
    Enrique Lazcano
    Robert Riley
  • Series Title International Handbooks on Economic Integration
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-8482-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-7352-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-5165-2
  • Series ISSN 1388-4344
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 187
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International Economics
    Business and Management, general
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