Chapter 6 Regions and blocs
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Over time there was an increase in membership in the international organisations and in the number of issues under discussion. Nations found it easier to make bilateral or multilateral free trade agreements among themselves. They also made regional agreements which reflected existing patterns of trade, geographical contiguity or a common culture. Proceeding through five stages from a free trade area to political union, they recognized that the alignment of trade and money might make a cross-border parliament indispensable. Cultural communities, as Huntington says, transcend the borders. The proliferation of groupings leaves international political economy confused and uncoordinated.

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