Recent debate brought about by the ratification of international economic agreements - Maastricht, NAFfA, GATI-has made the public at large aware of the massive scale of the political stakes involved in the inter­ nationalization of trade. Reaction has been all the more dynamic in that these questions were, until now, the prerogative of experts. As Jacques Delors (1993} writes, 'The return of politics in European construction is first and foremost that involvement of the people in a project that has been elitist for far too long. '