By Marcel Nelson
Offering a serious account of the cave in of the FTAA negotiations and changes to energy family within the Americas, this e-book argues that the cave in used to be rooted in a "crisis of authority" triggered through growing to be competition within the Americas to US management and the neo-liberal reforms that were promoted by way of Washington because the Eighties.
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It will provide a framework from which to begin to conceptualize how the organic crisis in the structure of capitalism in the Americas and the ensuing crisis of authority in the superstructures of the Americas led to growing difficulty in negotiating the agreement. Overall, it will help explain how a crisis of authority, as the unraveling of a leading state’s hegemonic project, can open up global governance structures to challenges from subordinate states from within, which can lead to their collapse or rearticulation.
This moment in no way represented an epochal break in terms of US dominance in the hemisphere but rather a moment in which the United States was forced to retreat and rearticulate the content of its leadership along more modest lines. Rather than a comprehensive regional trade agreement, the United States turned to arranging bilateral agreements with individual American states. The effort to institutionalize US hegemony along the lines of the consensus that emerged at the end of the Cold War essentially failed.
This history begins with the end of the Cold War as an important conjuncture in inter-American relations, which prepared the ground for the launching of the FTAA. Specifically, it puts into context the emerging consensus concerning economic liberalization and liberal democracy in the hemisphere. It proceeds to an analysis of the establishment of the negotiation structure as a process headed by the United States and mediated by Brazil. It concludes with an examination of the agreement’s history with a focus on the ministerial meetings and Summit of the Americas, which constituted the major events of the FTAA’s negotiation calendar.