This excellent study by the Centro de Investigacion para el Desarrollo is broad-gauged but at the same time quite detailed in making the case that a free trade agreement with the United States would strengthen the Mexican economy. The authors believe the agreement would enhance recent reforms and help get rid of traditional narrow nationalism and excessive government intervention. Above all they see it as essential to equipping Mexico to live in an internationalized world economy. They take the challenging view that although a "silent integration" of Mexico and the United States has been going on for some time, a formal and thoroughgoing agreement would prove to be, as their subtitle puts it, "a road to strengthen sovereignty."
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