New Zealand and the Global Economy looks at New Zealand's international economic relations over the past fifty years from the mid-1950s until recent times. Over the period New Zealand's international economic relations have at times been unstable, but nonetheless have provided an important engine for growth and development of the New Zealand economy and society. The book analyses the nature of New Zealand's trade relations with the rest of the world, the structure of trade and examines how trade has increased the wealth of the country. Besides looking at the changes that have occurred to New Zealand's trade in goods, the book explores the growing importance of its trade in services, and the inflows of capital and labour. Further, it considers the nature of New Zealand's trade relations, negotiations and agreements with countries such as Australia, Japan, the United States and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. International trade relations have changed over time, reflecting a shift in the attitudes of both the Government and New Zealanders to the world and how they see their place in it.