The Customs Union Issue by Jacob VinerThe Customs Union Issue by Jacob Viner

The Customs Union Issue

byJacob Viner

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Jacob Viner's The Customs Union Issue was originally published in 1950 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. It set the framework for the contemporary debate over the benefits or otherwise of preferential trading agreements such as the European Union, NAFTA, and APEC. Vinerdeveloped the concepts of trade creation and diversion in this work as he pioneered the analysis of the global politics of trade agreements. This revival of Viner's classic work includes an introduction that places this book in the context of his life's work and the post-WWI economic and political situation. The introduction also traces the reception of Viner's work and discusses its continuing relevance for international economists,political scientists, and historians.

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Jacob Viner (1892-1970) was an Economist and Professor at Unviersity of Chicago and Princeton University. He was one of the early members of the modern day Chicago School of Economics. Paul Oslington is Professor of Economics at Australian Catholic University.
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Title:The Customs Union IssueFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199756120

ISBN - 13:9780199756124

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AcknowledgementsGene Grossman: PrefaceGeorge A. Finch: ForewordPaul Oslington: Introduction1. Introduction2. The Compatibility of Customs Union with the Most-Favored-Nation Principle1. The Criteria of a "Customs Union"2. Diplomatic Controversies Arising out of Most-Favored-Nation obligations of Members of Customs Unions3. The Most-Favored-Nation Principle Not a Serious Barrier to Customs Unions3. Exemption from Most-Favored-Nation Obligations of Preferential Arrangements other than Customs Union1. Imperial Preference2. Regional Agreements3. Plurilateral Agreements4. The Economics of Customs Unions1. Customs Union as an Approach to Free Trade2. Customs Union and the "Terms of Trade"3. Administrative Economies of Customs Union4. Revenue Duties5. The "Level" of the Customs Union Tariff6. Increased Tariff Protection as the Major Economic Objective of Customs Unions7. Cartels in Relation to Customs Unions8. The Allocation of Customs Revenues5. Political Aspects of Customs Unions1. The Location of Administrative Authority in Customs Unions2. Customs Union and Neutrality Obligations3. Customs Union and Political Unification4. The Austro-German Treaty of 19186. The Havana Charter and Customs Union1. The Most-Favored-Nation Principle2. Exemptions from Most-Favored-Nation Obligations of Customs Unions, Free-Trade Areas, and Interim Agreements3. Exemptions from Most-Favored-Nation Obligations of Agreements in the Interest of Economic Development, Including Regional Agreements4. Relations with Non-Members5. Significance of the Havana Charter for the Customs Union Question7. Prospects for Customs Unions1. Customs Unions Now in Operation or in Active Process of Negotiation2. Customs Union in Western Europe3. Obstacles to the Formation of Customs UnionsBibliographyIndex