Economists, Capitalists, and the Making of Globalization: North American Free Trade in Comparative-Historical Perspective1

  title={Economists, Capitalists, and the Making of Globalization: North American Free Trade in Comparative-Historical Perspective1},
  author={Malcolm Fairbrother},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1324 - 1379}
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