International trade is w almost universally regarded as an important stimulus to growth and ecomic development, but while many aspects of international trade are regulated by international agreement, most nations retain some important specific trade policies for manufactured goods. In this work, the second volume of Greenwood's Handbook of Comparative Ecomic Policies, Dominick Salvatore presents an overview of national trade policies in the world's most important countries. As the only detailed comparative study of international trade policies, this volume will be an increasingly useful reference tool as international trade becomes more and more important in the years to come. The work brings together contributions on twenty-two different countries plus four chapters on overall trade policies and helps to shed light t only on each nation's specific trade policies but also on the effect of various policies on the growth of developed countries, the rate of ecomic development, and the progress of restructuring in the former centrally planned ecomies. The book is divided into six basic sections: the first provides an introduction to international trade policies and tariff and trade agreements, while the remaining five sections detail leading industrial countries, other industrial countries, Latin American nations, the countries of Asia and Africa, and the USSR, Poland, and China. Each chapter within these sections offers an easily accessible overview of trade policies as well as a list of references that identify the most important sources of additional information. This handbook will be an effective resource and reference tool for students of comparative ecomics and for ecomists and international policymakers.
DOMINICK SALVATORE is Professor of Economics at Fordham University, where he specializes in international trade and finance. He is a consultant to the United Nations and the editor of the handbook National Economic Policies (Greenwood Press, 1991) and World Population Trends and Their Impact on Economic Development (Greenwood, 1988). Salvatore has authored numerous articles for a variety of leading journals, including International Trade Journal, Open Economics Review, Kyklos, and Southern Economic Journal.