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Shaping a new international commercial order: a comparison of a number of concepts developed in the first half of the 20th century


  • Claude Schwob

    () (Université de Strasbourg - BETA-CNRS)


In the first half of the 20th century, a number of authors drew up different projects aimed at coordinating national trade policies through the creation of an appropriate international structure. During World War ii, concrete negotiations were engaged on these topics. In this paper, we compare the central proposals of some of the major actors of this debate: Hull and Bidwell on the American side, and Meade on the British side. The debates relating to the conception of a trade cooperation structure focused on two fundamental principles: multilateralism and supranationalism.

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  • Claude Schwob, 2012. "Shaping a new international commercial order: a comparison of a number of concepts developed in the first half of the 20th century," History of Economic Ideas, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa - Roma, vol. 20(3), pages 107-140.
  • Handle: RePEc:hid:journl:v:20:y:2012:3:8:p:107-140

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