© 2009

Competitive Regionalism

FTA Diffusion in the Pacific Rim

  • Mireya Solís
  • Barbara Stallings
  • Saori N. Katada

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Explaining FTA Proliferation: A Policy Diffusion Framework

    1. Mireya Solís, Saori N. Katada
      Pages 1-24
  3. Thematic Chapters

  4. The Western Hemisphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Barbara Stallings
      Pages 118-138
    3. Aldo Flores-Quiroga
      Pages 139-157
  5. East Asia

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 252-289

About this book


Despite abundant scepticism about their economic benefits, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have proliferated at a rapid pace. Policy diffusion models explain how different sets of preferential trade agreements are interconnected and establish under what conditions FTAs can work for or against the emergence of coherent regional blocs.


ASEAN competition East Asia realism trade policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Mireya Solís
    • 1
  • Barbara Stallings
    • 2
  • Saori N. Katada
    • 3
  1. 1.School of International ServiceAmerican UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Brown UniversityUSA
  3. 3.School of International RelationsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUSA

About the editors

MIREYA SOL?S is Associate Professor at the School of International Service of American University, Washington D.C., USA. She is the author of Banking on Multinationals (2004) and co-editor of Cross-Regional Trade Agreements (2008). 
BARBARA STALLINGS is William R. Rhodes Research Professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Providence, USA, and editor of Studies in Comparative International Development. Previously, she was Director or the Economic Development Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Professor of Political Economy, University of Wisconsin, USA. Her most recent book is Finance for Development: Latin America in Comparitive Perspective
SAORI N. KATADA is Associate Professor at the School of International Relations, University of Southern California, USA. Her book Banking on Stability: Japan and the Cross-Pacific dynamics of International Financial Crisis Management (2001) has received a Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Book Award.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


'The dominant recent development in global trade policy has been the explosive growth of bilateral and regional free trade areas. This excellent volume brings together academic talent from around the Pacific Rim to explore complex and varied issues involved in the evolving policies of individual countries and how they fit together. Bravo for a job well done!' - Edward Lincoln, Director, Centre for Japan-US Business and Economic Studies, New York University, USA

'Why have free trade agreements proliferated at an unprecedented rate since the World Trade Organization was established? Solis, Stallings and Katada and their contributors seek to answer this important question in this theoretically sophisticated volume. A must read for anyone interested in the current evolution of the global trade system.' - John Ravenhill, Australian National University, Australia

'In this persuasive book the authors make a major contribution to the understanding of our global political economy. Skillfully combining sustained theoretical ideas and empirical analyses, the work underlines the strategic interaction explaining the race to free trade agreements. A collection of persuasive research that breaks away from conventional thinking.' - Diana Tussie, FLACSO, Argentina