The New Politics of American Trade: Trade, Labor and the Environment / Edition 1

The New Politics of American Trade: Trade, Labor and the Environment / Edition 1

by I. M. Destler
     
 

The fight over NAFTA brought environmentalists into the trade debate and reinvigorated labor's commitment to trade activism. The resulting conflict has fractured the long-standing, bipartisan, pro-trade coalition in Congress and undercut US leadership in liberalizing global trade. "Fast track" legislation

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The fight over NAFTA brought environmentalists into the trade debate and reinvigorated labor's commitment to trade activism. The resulting conflict has fractured the long-standing, bipartisan, pro-trade coalition in Congress and undercut US leadership in liberalizing global trade. "Fast track" legislation authorizing the president to enter new negotiations has been stymied for five years, importantly because of disagreements over whether and how to address trade's impact on labor and environmental standards.

     This new study, whose coauthor I. M. Destler has written the definitive analysis of American Trade Politics, reexamines the trade-political landscape. It shows how trade advocates and labor and environmental skeptics differ significantly in both their substantive views and their political and organizational cultures. The authors demonstrate how this new challenge differs from that of traditional trade protectionism, likening it instead to the debate a century ago over whether and how to regulate American capitalism for social purposes. The analysis leads to a series of recommendations aimed at constructive compromise and a new political foundation for US trade policy leadership.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881322699
Publisher:
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Policy Analyses in International Economics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
66
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.32(d)

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