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The Political Economy of International Trade

Ken Heydon



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Polity Press
04 October 2019
International trade; Political economy
With protectionist sentiment and economic nationalism on the rise, international trade and how it is governed is at the heart of some of the most important contemporary economic and political debates. Comprehensive and clear, this book skilfully outlines and analyses the dynamics of trade in the 21st century. Ken Heydon examines three broad themes: the nature and distribution of the gains from trade, the institutional and governance framework of the international trade system, and the contentious practical issues confronting policy-makers across the world. He considers pressing contemporary debates surrounding issues ranging from agriculture and food security to the links between trade and environment protection, core labour standards and intellectual property rights. He demonstrates the importance of a change of mindset in terms of how we see trade policy: it should not, he argues, be simply a question of international negotiation, but also a key component of sound domestic economic management. In short, we need to put commerce in context. Drawing on the author's experience as a policy practitioner, trade policy analyst and teacher, the volume is informed by an extensive analysis of the literature and by relevant case studies. It is designed for students and scholars of international political economy and trade policy, trade officials, and the general public.
By:   Ken Heydon
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 171mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   504g
ISBN:   9781509534364
ISBN 10:   1509534369
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 October 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ken Heydon is a former Australian government trade official, senior member of the OECD Secretariat, and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Reviews for The Political Economy of International Trade

[A] well-written introduction to the world trading system as it actually exists today Foreign Affairs

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