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By Bernard K. Gordon

America's exchange Follies controversially argues that the worldwide political financial system is hardening into local blocs, in North the US, Latin the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific, geared up round a robust monetary base and suspicious of one another. Bernard ok. Gordon's masterful research indicates that this department threatens American prosperity via proscribing US entry to the world's richest and biggest markets, and endangers US defense through dividing the globe alongside monetary and political strains. Provocative, unique and stimulating this publication is vital analyzing for all these attracted to American politics, exchange and foreign political economic system.

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3 The President of Germany’s Bundesbank, Hans Tietmeyer, went further. 4 Not to be outdone, Japan’s Prime Minister Obuchi flew immediately to Europe to declare that two main global currencies would not be enough. As leader of the nation with the world’s second largest economy, Obuchi insisted that Japan’s yen would have to take its place along with the dollar and the Euro. Even Brazil, always aware of its role as South America’s largest economy, joined in. ”5 These events are worth recalling for two reasons: first because they are a reminder that economic regionalism comes in several shapes – in this case as a currency issue – and second because they show how topics that seem to be about “only economics” quickly become intensely political.

In the Journal of Common Market Studies, June, 1992, pp. 125–41 and pp. 195–209. 3 The EEC’s original six threatened to withdraw from GATT if full compliance with Article 24 was insisted on. See B. Hoeckman and M. Kostecki, The Political Economy of the World Trading System, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1995, p. 219. Good recent discussions of Article 24 are in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Reflections on Regionalism, Washington, Carnegie Endowment, 1997 and J. Bhagwati, “Regionalism versus Multilateralism,” The World Economy, September 1992, Vol.

7 percent) as compared with its pre-war high of 6 percent in 1937. S. Foreign Trade Highlights 1996, Table 3. Both illustrations calculated from data in IMF, Direction of Trade Statistics, Yearbook, 1997. They were higher still in 1997, at $678 billion (data from US Department of Commerce, Foreign Trade Highlights, 1998). A former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (Laura d’Andrea Tyson) has made a similar point: “the absolute size of the trade deficit measured in dollars is irrelevant.

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