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Rise and Demise of Commodity Agreements

An Investigation into the Breakdown of International Commodity Agreements

A detailed examination is provided of the circumstances which led to the negotiation of each of the international commodity agreements with economic provision included since the end of World War II. How such agreements operated and the causes for difficulties in their implementation and the reasons for their failure is also discussed. It concentrates on four specific agreements; cocoa, coffee, sugar and tin; and as a contrast to these commodities a chapter is dedicated to OPEC. Written by an insider who was actually present at the 'creation', a first-hand view is given of how commodity agreements are actually arrived at during the course of negotiation and implementation.

Economic/financial historians, bankers, financiers

Hardbound, 256 Pages

Published: January 1995

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85573-179-0


  • The pre-UNCTAD period; Developments since 1964; Factors bearing on the birth and life of commodity agreements; Coffee; Sugar; Cocoa; A cartel case: OPEC; Is there a future for commodity agreements?


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