American Trade Politics, 3rd Edition


by I. M. Destler
April 1995
Book Description

This is an updated edition of the most influential and widely read analysis of the US trade policymaking system. In the third edition of this American Political Science Association's Gladys Kammerer award-winner for the best book on US national policy, Destler extends his original analysis to assess the politics of the extraordinarily contentious debates over NAFTA and the Uruguay Round. He explains how free traders overcame the opposing forces represented by H. Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader to secure congressional approval for the two most important US trade agreements in the postwar period. The liberal trade regime survived these latest challenges, but Destler nevertheless argues that there is a need for reform of the policymaking system in the 1990s to advance US-led free trade negotiations in the Western Hemisphere and the Asia Pacific as well as future rounds of global liberalization. Published jointly with the Twentieth Century Fund.

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Book Data

April 1995
ISBN paper 0-88132-215-6 | 978-0-88132-215-6
337 pp.

Commentaries on This Book

"... the political-economic-historical Bible for [US trade policy] ..."

J. David Richardson
Syracuse University

"A highly compelling account of America's trade troubles and what can be done about them ... As polished and as informative a book as is likely to be written on the subject."

Jay Culbert
The World Economy

"Terrific, I loved it."

Carla Hills
Former US Trade Representative

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