Interpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis

Interpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis

by Frederick W. Mayer, Federick Mayer
     
 

Drawing on a wide range of documents and interviews with officials in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well the author's experience as an aide to Senator Bill Bradley during negotiations, Interpreting NAFTA is a history of the agreement's development, from opening talks to final passage.
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Drawing on a wide range of documents and interviews with officials in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well the author's experience as an aide to Senator Bill Bradley during negotiations, Interpreting NAFTA is a history of the agreement's development, from opening talks to final passage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231109802
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/05/1998
Pages:
374

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2A Framework for Political Analysis12
3Why a North American Free Trade Agreement?31
Interpreting the Decision to Negotiate: The Uses and Limits of International Theory51
4Domestic Politics Matters: The Fast Track Fight67
Interpreting the Domestic Politics of Decision: The Role of Institutions and Interests94
5Two-Level Bargaining: The NAFTA Negotiation109
Interpreting International Negotiations: Domestic Politics and International Bargaining146
6Making Side Issues Central: The Labor and Environment Negotiations165
Interpreting the Side Negotiations: Issue Linkage, Deep Nesting, and the Political Context205
7Symbolic Politics: Growing Grassroots Opposition219
Interpreting Grassroots Opposition: The Markets for Meaning257
8Diagnosis and Strategy: The Campaign for NAFTA273
Interpreting the Victory: Political Diagnosis and Political Strategy320
9Conclusions335
Notes345
Bibliography361
Index367

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