Interpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis

Interpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis

by Frederick Mayer

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231109819
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/26/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. A Framework for Political Analysis
3. Why a North American Free Trade Agreement? Interpreting the Decision to Negotiate:The Uses and Limits of International Theory
4. Domestic Politics Matters: The Fast Track FightInterpreting the Domestic Politics of Decision:The Role of Institutions and Interests
5. Two-Level Bargaining: The NAFTA NegotiationInterpreting International Negotiations:Domestic Politics and International Bargaining
6. Making Side Issues Central: The Labor and Environment NegotiationsInterpreting the Side Negotiations: Issue Linkage, Deep Nesting, and the Political Context
7. Symbolic Politics: Growing Grassroots OppositionInterpreting Grassroots Opposition:The Markets for Meaning
8. Diagnosis and Strategy: The Campaign for NAFTAInterpreting the Victory:Political Diagnosis and Political Strategy
9. Conclusions

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

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

John S. Odell, Associate professor of public policy studies and political science at Duke University.

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.

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