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Is NAFTA a Good Model for China? Lessons from Mexico and the United States

Carmen G. Gonzalez

Seattle University School of Law

October 10, 2009

Jiangxi Social Sciences, Vol. 5, p. 244, 2009

In response to skyrocketing food prices, the global financial crisis, and the degradation of farm lands due to urbanization and industrialization, China has placed rural development at the top of its political agenda. China’s renewed emphasis on rural development is taking place against a backdrop of global efforts to reduce trade barriers in the agricultural sector. This article uses the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a case study on the complex ways that trade policy affects domestic efforts to protect the environment and promote rural development. The objective is to draw lessons from the experiences of the United States and Mexico under NAFTA that may enable China and other developing countries to simultaneously promote economic development, alleviate poverty, and protect the environment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: globalization, North American Free Trade Agreement, agriculture, environment, biodiversity, trade policy, law and development, neoliberalism, China, Mexico

JEL Classification: F14, F15, F22, F34, N56, N76, O13, O15, O19, Q17, Q18, R14

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Date posted: October 10, 2009  

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Gonzalez, Carmen G., Is NAFTA a Good Model for China? Lessons from Mexico and the United States (October 10, 2009). Jiangxi Social Sciences, Vol. 5, p. 244, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1486486

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Carmen G. Gonzalez (Contact Author)
Seattle University School of Law ( email )
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Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
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