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The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future

Robert A. Pastor


In its first seven years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tripled trade and quintupled foreign investment among the US, 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. This book 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 tr ... More

Keywords: North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, trade, manufacturing, illegal migration, drug-related violence, national consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199782413
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Pastor, author
American University