Interpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis

Interpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis

by Frederick W. Mayer
     
 

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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. Frederick W. Mayer combines recent work in international

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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. Frederick W. Mayer combines recent work in international relations, comparative politics, interest groups, and public opinion to develop a broad theoretical framework that crosses between international relations and domestic politics. Mayer demonstrates that to understand NAFTA, one must view it as simultaneously a matter of political interests, institutions, and ideas.

Editorial Reviews

Choice - I. Walter
Mayer has produced an excellent political economy treatise on the conceptualization and launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement—probably the definitive treatment of the subject available today.

Latin American Research Review - Jonathan Fox
Mayer'sInterpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis quickly became a classic in the field.... Mayer's conceptual framework creatively shows how rational choice, institutional process, and symbolic analysis are each incomplete yet complementary. His combination of crisp, accessible prose and an eclectic conceptual approach works well.

H-Net Reviews
An excellent example of using theory to illuminate a particular event.

Choice
Mayer has produced an excellent political economy treatise on the conceptualization and launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement — probably the definitive treatment of the subject available today.

— I. Walter, New York University

Latin American Research Review
Mayer's Interpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis quickly became a classic in the field.... Mayer's conceptual framework creatively shows how rational choice, institutional process, and symbolic analysis are each incomplete yet complementary. His combination of crisp, accessible prose and an eclectic conceptual approach works well.

— Jonathan Fox

I.M. Destler
Interpreting NAFTA will surely be recognized as the definitive work on the negotiation and ratification of the most controversial trade agreement in American history.
John S. Odell
Interpreting NAFTA is superb. It is original, highly creative, clearly structured, supported by sound scholarship, and fascinating.
I. Walter
Mayer has produced an excellent political economy treatise on the conceptualization and launch of the North American Free Trade Agreement -probably the definitive treatment of the subject available today.
Booknews
Mayer (political science, Duke U. and former aide to Senate Democrat Bill Bradley) offers a political analysis of all stages of the NAFTA negotiating process, using a broad theoretical framework combining international relations and domestic politics angles and integrating rational choice, institutionalist, and symbolic constructivist approaches. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231109819
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/19/1998
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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I.M. Destler

Interpreting NAFTA will surely be recognized as the definitive work on the negotiation and ratification of the most controversial trade agreement in American history.

I.M. Destler, Author of American Trade Politics

John S. Odell
Interpreting NAFTA is superb. It is original, highly creative, clearly structured, supported by sound scholarship, and fascinating.

I.M. Destler
Interpreting NAFTA will surely be recognized as the definitive work on the negotiation and ratification of the most controversial trade agreement in American history.

Meet the Author

Frederick W. Mayer is an associate professor of public policy and political science at Duke University.

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