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"By far the best book that I have read on NAFTA."

Mark Aspinwall’s new book called ‘timely, pioneering, compelling’.


Mark Aspinwall, Professor of Politics, has authored a new book on governance in Mexico. Side Effects has been published by Stanford University Press and examines how Mexico responded to NAFTA's requirement that it enforce its labour and environmental laws.

Mark is a former Head of PIR whose research interests are in regional integration, and especially the impact of regional organizations on domestic politics in North America and Europe.

Side Effects is the product of a research project undertaken by Mark and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.

Praise for Side Effects

With compelling insights and quality case material, this is by far the best book that I have read on NAFTA - Carol Wise, University of Southern California.

A timely, pioneering work about the impact of transnational integration regimes and mechanisms on domestic institutional change in developing countries . . . [R]equired reading for anyone interested in development, transnational markets/regulation, and studies in Latin American political economy and US trade - Gerald McDermott, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina