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Regulating International Business: Beyond Liberalization

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Edited by: Sol Picciotto, Ruth Mayne

ISBN13: 9780333776773
ISBN: 0333776771
Published: March 2001
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £126.00



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This timely volume points the way towards a new positive regulatory framework for international investment, following the failure of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). It examines the flaws in free market strategies underpinning the recent phase of globalization, in particular drawing out the lessons from the MAI, which was suspended in October 1998. The authors explore an alternative based on a positive regulatory framework for international business, aimed at maximizing the positive contribution to development of foreign investment and minimizing it's negative social and environmental impacts. The contributors include academics, researchers for non governmental organizations, and business and trade union representatives, writing from a combination of economic, legal and political perspectives. The book combines academic analysis with grass roots and practical experience, and suggests concrete policy proposals.

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Subjects:
International Trade
Contents:
Preface - Notes on Contributors - Glossary - Introduction: What Rules for the World Economy?; S.Picciotto - PART I: INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT PROTECTION AND LIBERALIZATION - Foreign Direct Investment to Developing Countries; V.Balasubramanyam - A Brief History of Business Regulation; P.Muchlinski - Defending the Legacy of Rio: The Civil Society Campaign against the MAI; N.Mabey - A Critical Assessment of the MAI ; S. Picciotto - PART II: BROADENING THE AGENDA - The Implications of the MAI for Natural Resource and Land Use; - L.Tshuma - Improving Investor Accountability; - D.Ayine & J.Werksman - Transfer of Technology and Competition Policy in the Context of a Possible Multilateral Investment Agreement; P.Roffe - Stabilizing Capital Flows to Developing Countries: The Role of Regulation; S.Griffith-Jones - Labour Regulation in Internationalized Markets ; B.Hepple - PART III: THE INTERACTION OF FORMAL AND INFORMAL REGULATION - Voluntary Codes and Labour Standards; N.Kearney - The Role of Voluntary Codes of Conduct and Regulation - a Retailer's View; P.Fridd & J.Sainsbury - Regulating TNCs: The Role of Voluntary and Governmental Approaches; R Mayne - PART IV: THE POLITICS OF ACCOUNTABILITY - NGOs, Global Civil Society and Global Economic Regulation; R.O'Brien - Index.