The Multilateral Investment System and Multinational Enterprises

Paperback | August 1, 2000

byThomas L. Brewer, Stephen Young

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The multinational enterprise has been one of the foremost economic, political, and social influences in the world economy for many decades. As its role and influence have grown, so has the regime of institutions and rules concerning international investment-from the proposal to create the ITOin the 1940s to the establishment of the WTO in the 1990s. Investment issues are now important items on the agenda of international economic policy-making, international business-government relations, and public debate. The book provides a detailed analysis of the evolution of the international investment framework in the second half of the twentieth century-the issues, the organizations, and current policy challenges. For instance, the book includes chapters on issues concerning the relationship of investmentpolicy to trade and technology, competition, and economic development. In addition to a clear and well-informed description of the role of several organizations, including ITO, GATT, the OECD, and the WTO, the authors-one American and one British-present numerous examples, cases, and appendices to give context and 'real' world examples to the book. They also discussmany key regional arrangements, such as NAFTA and the EU, as well as bilateral investment agreements. This up-to-date and accessible book will be vital reading for academics, students, executives, and policy-makers concerned to get to grips with the evolving international investment system.

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The multinational enterprise has been one of the foremost economic, political, and social influences in the world economy for many decades. As its role and influence have grown, so has the regime of institutions and rules concerning international investment-from the proposal to create the ITOin the 1940s to the establishment of the WT...

Thomas L. Brewer is Associate Professor, School of Business, Georgetown University. Stephen Young is Professor, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199241104

ISBN - 13:9780199241101

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Context1. Multinational Enterprises and Foreign Direct Investment Policy: Theory and Issues2. Foreign Direct Investment and the World Economy: A Historical OverviewPart II: Evolution of the System3. Inauguration: The Demise of the ITO and the Rise of Bilateral Treaties4. Control: Codes and the Obligations of Multinational Enterprises (Late 1960s - Early 1980s)5. Liberalization: National and Regional Policy Changes and the Creation of the WTO (Early 1980s - Mid 1990s)6. Expansion: Multilateral, Regional, and Sectoral Developments in the Late 1990sPart III: Policy Problems7. Policy Interactions: Regional and Multilateral Arrangements8. Policy Linkages: Investment, Trade, and Technology Transfer9. Policy Linkages: Competition Policy10. Policy Dilemmas: Developing CountriesPart IV: Implications11. Current and Future Challenges