Synopses & Reviews
Bypassing the dualism of free trade versus fair trade that proponentson both sides of the debate portray, Dunn argues that international trade needs to be put in its proper perspective, understood in itsbroader social, economic, and historical context. This makes it possible to think more critically about some of the claims being madeby the different theories, to control for what they are not investigating, and to question them more carefully than has often been the case.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
This book challenges both sides of the debate around international trade. Most mainstream economists advocate free trade as a mainstay of national and global prosperity. Meanwhile, many critics see trade causing inequality and poverty. Unfortunately, supporters and opponents share many assumptions about trade and the character of the international economy and produce similarly abstract and asocialized theories. Their propositions need to be investigated critically, and in doing so, this book begins the task of assessing when and how trade matters.