The Banana Wars: International Political Economics Analytical Essay by scribbler

A discussion on the 'Banana Wars' and their implications on international trade and political economics.
# 152332 | 1,526 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 28, 2013 in International Relations (General)

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This paper explores the 'Banana Wars', the eight year dispute between the United States (US) and European Union (EU), that although was not a traditional war, had one of the most prolific implications for international trade and impacted international political economics more than any other activity in this time period. The paper examines the players, outcomes and crises of this war, the role of the World Trade Organization and the states as actors. The paper concludes that the Banana War is over, but it highlighted the dynamics of globalization and the workings of the WTO, which brought about new issues, but also answered fundamental questions centered on the politics of international economic activities.

The Political Economics of the Banana War: An Analysis of the Players, Outcomes, and Crises
World Trade Organization and its Role in the Banana War and Dispute-Settlement: The 'Second Level' of Negotiations and International Political Economics
States as Actors within the Banana War
Conclusion: The 'Banana Split' and How it Affected the Domestic and International Politics of States

From the Paper:

"The back-drop of the 'Banana War' is embedded in colonialism, globalization, and economic expansion. Historically, the European Union under the terms of the Lome` convention offered preferential treatment to banana exports from ACP countries. Why? The ACP region is considered a developing region. Its primary exports are in the form of agricultural products, like bananas. Hence, banana production and exportation are a significant foreign exchange earner, which translates into the sector being pivotal to economic growth within these regions. In fact by the early 1980's the ACP region had one-third of the labor force being employed within the banana sector.
"These regions have a history that begets colonialism. Former colonial rulers felt it was necessary to extend special treatment to bananas grown in their former colonies. So Britain, France, Spain, and Germany, limited banana imports from other regions and gave preferential treatment to bananas coming from countries like Jamaica, Dominica, Ivory Coast."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barkham, Patrick. Banana Wars Explained. Guardian Unlimited, March 5, 1999.
  • Bounds, Andrew. Banana Wars. Latin Trade; June 2001
  • Capella, Peter. EU Loses Banana War with Latin America at WTO.; August 2, 2005.
  • Freckleton, Marie. WTO Approves Sanctions. UWI Lecture Series; 2002.
  • Jatras, Todd. Banana Wars Come to An End. The Economist; April 2001.

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