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The North American idea : a vision of a continental future / Robert A. Pastor.

Author/Creator:
Pastor, Robert A.
Publication:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, USA, c2011.
Format/Description:
Book
xix, 264 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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Subjects:
Free trade -- North America.
Canada. Treaties, etc. 1992 Oct. 7.
North America -- Economic integration.
Summary:
"In its first seven years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tripled trade and quintupled foreign investment among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, increasing its share of the world economy. In 2001, however, North America peaked. Since then, trade has slowed among the three, manufacturing has shrunk, and illegal migration and drug-related violence have soared. At the same time, Europe caught up, and China leaped ahead. In The North American Idea, eminent scholar and policymaker Robert A. Pastor explains that NAFTA's mandate was too limited to address the new North American agenda. Instead of offering bold initiatives like a customs union to expand trade, leaders of the three nations thought small. Interest groups stalemated the small ideas while inhibiting the bolder proposals, and the governments accomplished almost nothing. To overcome this resistance and reinvigorate the continent, the leaders need to start with an idea based on a principle of interdependence. Pastor shows how this idea--once woven into the national consciousness of the three countries--could mobilize public support for continental solutions to problems like infrastructure and immigration that have confounded each nation working on its own. Providing essential historical context and challenging readers to view the continent in a new way, The North American Idea combines an expansive vision with a detailed blueprint for a more integrated, dynamic, and equitable North America"--Provided by publisher.
"In The North American Idea, eminent scholar and policy-maker Robert A. Pastor dissects the failure of NAFTA and argues that, to re-invigorate North America's economy, our leaders need to start with an idea based on a principle of interdependence. If one country fails, all three are harmed, and if one grows, they all benefit. Drawing on first-hand experience as a policy-maker and analyst, Pastor shows how this idea--once woven into the national consciousness of the three countries--could mobilize public support for continental solutions to problems that have confounded each nation working on its own"--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
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Foreword
Part I: Should We Fear North America?
Chapter 1: A Pi©łata for Pandering Pundits
Chapter 2: North America's Genetic Code
Chapter 3: Who Speaks for North America?
Part II: Trespassing
Chapter 4: Transcending the Borders
Chapter 5: Speed Bumps, Potholes, and Roadblocks on the NAFTA Superhighway
Part III: The North American Imperative
Chapter 6: A North American Community
A Vision
Chapter 7: New Policies for North America's 21st Century
A Blueprint
Acknowledgements.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780199782413 (hardback : acid-free paper)
0199782415 (hardback acid-free paper)
OCLC:
704556990