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"Coherence and conditionality in European trade strategy: Negotiating the EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement"

Szymanski, Marcela and Smith, Michael E. (2001) "Coherence and conditionality in European trade strategy: Negotiating the EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    The argument proceeds as follows. In the first section of the article, we discuss the historical context in which the Global Agreement was pursued. The purpose in this section is to explain the general motivations, economic and political, of both sides when they first agreed to discuss a deal. In the second section we describe in more detail the principles of coherence and political conditionality that informed the negotiation of the agreement. In the third section, we examine the initial stages of the negotiations, focusing on why Mexico initially rejected the EU's proposals for linking political conditionality with a trade agreement. In the fourth section we explain how the EU managed to secure Mexico's acceptance of the EU's terms in the Global Agreement. In the fifth section, we briefly compare the final Global Agreement with the NAFTA pact to further illustrate the novel features of the EU-Mexico arrangement. In the conclusion we speculate on the future of this agreement, stressing its implications for global free trade and theories of regional integration.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Global Agreement; NAFTA.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Latin America
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2006
    Page Range: p. 33
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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